From The New York Times:
KATHMANDU, Nepal — Three more people died Thursday on Mount Everest, as crowds of climbers added to the dangers of attempting to scale the world’s highest peak.
The three died just days after a widely-circulated photo showed a long line of climbers extending along a narrow ridge, waiting to reach the 29,029-foot summit and its expansive view of the Himalayas. Two others died on Mount Everest earlier this week.
Expedition operators said the crowding was a result of a record number of permits issued by Nepal and a period of clear weather, which led several groups to push for the summit at once.
Two Indian climbers died Thursday while ascending from the more heavily traversed Nepal side, while another person died on the Tibetan side of the mountain.
One of the Indian climbers, Nihal Bagwan, died on Thursday evening after reaching the summit in the morning, said Keshav Poudel, managing director of Peak Promotion, the operation that organized Mr. Bagwan’s attempt. The large number of climbers contributed to his death, Mr. Poudel said.
“The climber was stuck in traffic some four to five hours and died of exhaustion,” he said, adding that Sherpa guides had provided water and tried to save him.
Kalpana Dash, an Indian woman who first climbed Mount Everest in 2008, died Thursday while descending the summit, said Mira Acharya, an official at Nepal’s Department of Tourism.
“Her legacy in mountaineering will inspire generations of young women in the state,” said Naveen Patnaik, the chief minister of Ms. Dash’s home state of Odisha.
A climber with Kobler and Partner, a Swiss outfitter, died Thursday while descending on the Tibetan side of the mountain, the company said.
The crowds on Mount Everest appeared to have contributed to several of the deaths this week, with climbers being exposed to the wind, cold and lack of oxygen for extended periods of time on the mountain’s highest reaches.
Donald Cash, from Sandy, Utah, fainted Wednesday after reaching the summit and could not be revived. Mr. Cash, 54, had been attempting to climb the highest mountains on all seven continents. Mount Everest was his last to climb.
His son and daughter said they believed he had a heart attack.
Anjali Kulkarni, 54, of India, also died after reaching the summit this week. The manager for her tour group said he believed that delays in returning to camp because of high traffic levels were a factor in her death.
Last week, two other climbers died on the mountain. An Irishman went missing after a fall, and an Indian climber was found dead in his tent.
The lack of oxygen at high altitudes, extreme weather, avalanches and the risk of falls all contribute to the dangers of climbing.
Still, Alan Arnette, a mountaineer who writes about climbing, wrote last year that the rate of fatalities had dropped since 2000 despite an increase in the number of climbers, thanks to better weather forecasting, the use of supplemental oxygen and more assistance from Sherpa guides.
This year, Nepal’s tourism ministry has issued permits to 381 climbers, a record number of climbers since Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary first successfully climbed Mount Everest in 1953.
Expedition organizers said the number of Everest hopefuls from the Nepal side had increased in recent years after China set a limit on the number of climbers from the north, as part of a plan to remove bodies and clean up trash left on the mountain.
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