23 May 2016
Several mountain climbers have been reported sick with severe frostbite and altitude sickness while four climbers have died on Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, last weekend.
Amongst the dead is an Indian man, a Sherpa, a Dutchman and an Australian woman. They died in the span of four days. Others have also been reported missing.
For Subhash Paul, the Indian climber, just after he reached the summit, and was being descended with the aid of Sherpa guides, he died. The other two Indian climbers who had been with Mr. Paul were reported missing in the so-called death zone near the summit.
This is the first climbing season in two years since the Nepal Earthquake in 2015 and a deadly avalanche that killed 16 Sherpas in a day, the year before.
Though several people have reached the summit, these deaths which come closely together are worrying and have rattled climbers who are now beginning their decent as the climbing season comes to an end.
It started on Thursday with the death of crew member, Phurba Sherpa who fell and died. On Friday, Netherlands Eric Arnold, a 36 year old died at night while heading back after a successful summit on Everest. It is suspected that he had a heart attack. The Australian woman, Maria Strydom who was also traveling with the Seven Summit Treks started suffering altitude sickness and died before reaching the final camp before the summit. Then the Indian climber died on Sunday.