Top 8 Reasons why people are dying every year on Mount Everest

Top 8 Reasons why people are dying every year on Mount Everest

Oxygen Deficiency:

One of the Top 8 Reasons why people are Dying every year on Mount Everest is there is very little air on top of Everest. There is this very gradual loss of air as a person climbs. This is true of any Mountain over 4000 meters but Everest is well over 8000 meters. Climbers feel it at 4000 m but suffer at 8000 m.

Climbing any tall Mountain causes physical changes in a climber’s body. On a very tall Mountain, a climber must manage these changes or there can be serious consequences like dying. On extremely tall Mountain, a climber will certainly die if they do not properly manage their body’s adaption to increasing altitude.

It is possible on Everest that a climber does everything right and they die anyway.

When a climber passes the 8,000 meter mark, their body begins to die. No amount of conditioning prevents it. Breathing through an Oxygen mask helps prolong life or at least makes it more comfortable. Staying above 8000 meters too long will kill a person.

Sometimes climbers get trapped at high altitude by a storm or by too many other climbers on the narrow trail to the top.

Some people climb Everest without Oxygen. This brings up a weird issue about climbing involving gear. This is true about all climbing including one pitch rock climbs, however the longer the climb, the more this issue manifests itself.

Gravity is a harsh mistress:

The issue is, the more gear you carry lessens your chance of finishing the climb. Psychology makes us want to carry more gear, gravity works against bringing more gear. The less gear you have the less your body has to work so the climber moves faster using less effort and therefore spends less time on the mountain and is more likely to get to the top and on Everest, live to tell about it.

If a climber is in a long line on Everest to get up and down. It doesn’t matter about preparation, how much gear you carry, how tough you are. Everest is killing you and you can only climb as fast as the slowest person ahead of you. One can only hope that everyone ahead of you is well conditioned, experienced, and managed their adaptation to altitude properly.


When you are above 8000 m , the death zone, the body is simply not capable of normal functioning. You have to get out of the death zone and go down, but when there is over crowd and you have a traffic jam to the summit, and people just don’t move forward, you spend longer at that altitude. You run out of oxygen, hallucinate, are exhausted and die. It is a risk everyone should know when they sign up for the climb.

Bad Weather:

On Mount Everest, the weather is changeable and it is so changeable that if a climber gets caught out, he could be killed by the bad weather. So, the weather reports is very important and should be studied with great care. The weather report can give you the information about when is the good weather that you can climb up safely, and when the bad weather come that you had better stay down to wait for safe days.The wind speed on Mount Everest can reach 100mph+, and the temperature on Everest ranges from 10 to -25 Celsius, and it may be colder with the chilly wind. The weather may be the most physical danger on Mount Everest that could make or break you dreams to reaching the top of Mount Everest.


An avalanche is a sudden, drastic flow of snow pouring down a mountain side. The avalanche can occur just by natural triggers, for example, when fresh snow setting on old snow. It can also occur by artificial triggers, such as climbers on the mountain. When avalanche has started, a climber usually has no time to move to the safe place quickly. It rush down the mount in a very high speed that if a climber get caught in it, the climber maybe buried alive or push down for thousands feet. Now, only qualified mountain guides who have a good knowledge of the danger of avalanches on Mount Everest could spot a possible avalanche and avoid climbing on the danger area.


A crevasse can be deep, wide. The depth can compare with the length of a football pitch and the width can be the wide of a building, or the crevasse can be 10 feet deep and 5 feet wide. In a word, the size of the crevasses can be deadly. On Mount Everest, there are many crevasses opening up and closing, especially in the Khumbu Icefall. A crevasse can usually be found under a new snow bridge which made of snow in just in previous years. A crevasse is nearly can not be seen and it is lethal to the climbers. If a climber drops to the deep bottom of a crevasse, there is nearly no way to come out.

Rocks Fall on Mount Everest

As the Mount Everest is so high, a falling rock or a solid ice piece as large as lump could seriously injury or even kill you. The climbers above you could be just at the time of climbing with their feet to get a grip and kicking in the ice which may loosen some rocks or ice falling down quickly to hit you..

Bad Tourism Trend

Nowadays there is bad tourism trend(bad for the mountain) which allows just about anyone with money to get on the mountain.
Also, many die because they do not have proper judgement about reaching summit. They might be so close to the summit and want to push on, but they have to just turn back. This might be the difference between life and death.

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