Eighth Indian climber to die on Everest this season


The eighth death of the current climbing season on the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, has been confirmed.

Banshi Lal (46), an Indian climber, died on Monday after being rescued from the mountain last week and taken to a hospital in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, confirmed Rakesh Gurung, attached to the Department of Tourism.

A British climber and two Nepalese guides are still missing, but are presumed dead.

This year’s climbing season is coming to an end, with the death toll relatively less compared to last year’s 18 deaths – the deadliest season yet on Mount Everest.

Three more people died when they climbed other Nepalese mountains, among them a Romanian who was on his way to Lhotse, while a French and a Nepalese climber died on Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain.

Home to eight of the world’s 10 highest peaks, Nepal welcomes hundreds of adventurers each year when temperatures are warm and winds are usually calmer.

All of the Everest deaths occurred in areas above 8,000 meters, known as the “death zone”, where thin air and low oxygen levels increase the risk of altitude sickness.

Multiple records were also broken this year, among others by the Nepalese climber Phunjo Lama, who reached Everest’s summit in 14 hours and 31 minutes. This is the world’s fastest time by a woman.

Climbers usually take days to reach the 8,849-meter peak, spending nights at various camps to rest and acclimatize.

The 54-year-old Kami Rita Sherpa, a Nepalese climber known as “Everest Man”, reached the peak of the world’s highest mountain for a record 30th time, three decades after his first attempt.