What happened on Everest this summer
The deaths this year flag a system under serious stress in the face of an increasing number of Everest aspirants
KATHMANDU : Around 5am on the morning of 22 May, Keepa Sherpa (25), along with a group of four Indian mountaineers, made the final push towards the summit of Mount Everest. It was still dark. And the group managed to stay at the peak for a mere 10 minutes—a short window of ultimate exhilaration after months of preparation and waiting out adverse weather. But the real adventure was yet to begin. As they began to descend, the group of eight (four mountaineers and their accompanying guides) ran into the largest “traffic jam" the world’s tallest peak has seen in while.