Two more deaths take Everest toll to five in past month
This year’s Everest expeditions have been confronted by bad weather and high winds
Mount Everest (background) and the Nupse-Lohtse massif (foreground) are seen from the village of Tembuche in the Kumbh region of north-eastern Nepal. Photograph: AFP
Two more climbers have died on Mount Everest, taking the death toll on the world’s highest mountain in the past month to at least five amid mountaineers’ safety concerns, officials said on Monday.
Both climbers died on Sunday.
Mr Marchetti died due to apparent altitude sickness about 8,300 metres above sea level while on his summit approach, said Navin Trital of the Expedition Himalaya company that coordinated logistics for the climber.
“He fell sick and died while being brought down to a lower camp,” Mr Trital told Reuters in Kathmandu. He said he was unable to give details because of poor communications with the team.
Mr Strba died at around 8,400 metres in the “death zone”, on the Nepali side where the air is very thin, Tourism Department official Gyanendra Shrestha said on Monday.
He also said the exact circumstances leading to Mr Strba’s death were not clear.
An American climber died on Sunday, while contact has been lost with an Indian after he scaled the peak on Saturday.
On April 30th, a famed Swiss climber fell to his death near Mount Everest while preparing to climb the world’s highest mountain. An 85-year-old Nepali man died at base camp earlier this month while trying to set a record for the oldest climber.
This year’s Everest expeditions have been confronted by bad weather and high winds.
“There have been deaths on both sides. While few details are provided , it appears these were associated with altitude, not weather,” American blogger and climber Alan Arnette said in a post.
Mr Burke, who is married to actor Aoibhin Garrihy, reached the summit on Tuesday morning.
Nepal has cleared 371 climbers to Mount Everest in the current season, which ends this month. Nearly 200 climbers went to Tibet, from where the 8,850 metre (29,035 feet) Everest Summit can also be climbed.