One stunning picture shows why climbers are dying on Mount Everest

  • One photo illustrates the huge problems on Mount Everest right now.
  • So many people are climbing Everest that climbers are being forced to line up to reach the summit, as a result spending a dangerous, and sometimes deadly, amount of time in the “death zone.”
  • The death zone is an area more than 8,000 meters (26,000 feet) above sea level where oxygen is so limited that the body’s cells start to die. Prolonged time above 8,000 meters can lead to serious health issues, and even death.
  • Two climbers have died on the world’s tallest mountain this week, and guides are blaming the large number of people attempting to scale the peak.
  • Donald Lynn Cash, a 55-year-old American, died on the summit after losing energy while waiting for the opportunity to reach it, while Anjali S Kulkarni, a 54-year-old woman from Mumbai, India, died on her way back down from Everest’s summit.
  • The photograph above, taken by climber Nirmal Purja, shows a queue stretching into the distance.
  • “I have had bottlenecks on mountains before but not this many people at such high altitude,” Purja told the New York Times.
  • You can read more about the dangerous bottlenecks occurring on Everest here.
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