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WorldNepal denies Everest overcrowding caused deaths

01:05  27 may  2019
01:05  27 may  2019 Source:   bbc.com

First Everest death of 2019, Irishman missing

First Everest death of 2019, Irishman missing Mount Everest claimed Friday its first fatality of the main spring climbing season, an Indian man, while an Irish mountaineer was also missing, expedition organisers in Nepal said. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); An Indian soldier meanwhile died on nearby Mount Makalu, two days after two other Indians died on Mount Kanchenjunga, the world's third-highest peak, with one Chilean missing.

Overcrowding and safety have been a growing cause for concern in recent years, not least since the emergence of cut-price Nepali trekking companies that offer Everest packages for This had caused hundreds of climbers to converge on several notorious sections where they can only pass one at a time.

Four more deaths have been reported on Everest as concerns grow about the risks posed by the severe overcrowding on the world’s highest mountain this year. “The Sherpa guides supported her while coming down, but she didn’t make it.” Overcrowding and safety have been a growing cause for

Nepal denies Everest overcrowding caused deaths© PA Mr Fisher photographed before ascending Mount Everest

Nepal's tourism authority has denied accusations that the rise in Mount Everest deaths is solely due to overcrowding.

The department's director general Dandu Raj Ghimire said other factors including adverse weather conditions had also contributed.

Ten climbers have been reported dead or missing this season.

Photos of long queues near the summit have been widely shared as record numbers ascended the mountain in May.

Two die after Mount Everest traffic jam of climbers

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THREE climbers have died on Mount Everest after waiting 12 hours to reach the summit amid overcrowding The climbers all died of exhaustion on their way down, bringing the death toll to seven this past Hundreds of people attempted to reach the 29,029ft summit from both Nepal and Tibet.

The deaths of an Irish and a British climber on Mount Everest takes the toll from a deadly season on the world's highest peak to 10, expedition organisers said. A British climber too weak to descend from Mount Everest died on Saturday, officials said, the 18th to die in Nepal 's Himalayas during the current

    Mr Ghimire said 381 people had ascended Everest this spring but as periods of fine weather had been short, the number of people on the routes had been "higher than expected".

    In his statement, Mr Ghimire put the current death toll at eight, although ten people have been reported dead or missing so far.

    Briton Robin Haynes Fisher, 44, died on Saturday minutes after reaching Everest's summit.

    Kevin Hynes, 56, from Ireland, died in his tent on Friday and Séamus Lawless, also Irish, is presumed dead after falling near the summit.

    One Nepalese, four Indians, an Austrian and an American are also dead or missing.

    A local tour organiser told AFP that one of the Indian climbers, Nihal Ashpak Bhagwan, died of exhaustion after being "stuck in traffic for more than 12 hours".

    Mr Ghimire offered "heartfelt condolences to those who've passed away and prayers to those who are still missing".

    "Mountaineering in the Himalayas is in itself an adventurous, complex and sensitive issue requiring full awareness yet tragic accidents are unavoidable," he said.

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