Once upon a time, it was the hardest thing in the world to accomplish. It took hundreds of years for someone to officially scale to the top of the highest peak on planet Earth, yet over the years it’s become so easy that piles of trash are accumulating on the mountain’s pristine climbing paths. However, the mountain is more than just a Nepal curiosity, it’s still a deadly thing to the unwary or unlucky. A high-altitude avalanche has become the deadliest disaster in the history of Mount Everest. The avalanche left 12 Nepali Sherpas dead; three are seriously injured and four are still missing.
“Rescue teams have gone … to look for the missing,” said Tilak Ram Pandey of the Nepal Tourism Ministry’s mountaineering division.
More than 50 people were at the base camp near Khumba Ice Fall when the avalanche hit. That’s more than 20,000 feet in the air. The camp was full of experienced guides who were setting guide ropes, acclimating to the climate, and preparing for tourism season. Some 334 foreigners have been given permission to climb Everest this year, with the period between May 15 and 30 being the ideal climbing window. No word yet on how this will affect the plan climbing season, but I imagine it will still be as popular as ever, considering most mountain climbers are the adventurous sort.
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