200 Dead, Unrecovered Bodies on Mt. Everest Used as Landmarks
Mount Everest, being the highest mountain in the world, is a dream climb for many mountaineers. At 29, 029 ft, reaching the summit is truly a remarkable feat. “Human beings simply aren’t built to function at the cruising altitude of a 747.” Many have succeeded, but many, too, have failed.
You have to pay $25k to $60k to make a trip to the summit. Some paid it with their lives. The world's highest mountain also became the world's highest open grave.
200 bodies still remain on Mt Everest, many of them with grimly fascinating stories to tell. The extreme cold preserves them where they fell and keeps them remarkably intact, turning them into grisly landmarks – shocking reminders of the extreme risks climbers face in summiting the world’s highest mountain.
Here are the horrific photographs of a failed common goal to achieve Himalayan greatness.
Instant frost-bite is a very real possibility near the summit.
Deaths often are a result of climbers “taking a nap” and never waking up.
Slovenian climber Marko Lihteneker died from exposure and exhaustion during his descent in 2005. He was last seen having problems with his oxygen mask. His body is 8,800m from the bottom.
Many climbers said that the hardest part of climbing Mt. Everest for them was passing all the dead bodies.
Sometimes climbers stumble upon men and women who are dying on the mountain but have no way of helping them and so they must leave them to die.
This body has been named “Green Boots.” Many of the nearly 200 dead bodies have been named and are used as landmarks.
This is George Mallory who fell to his death in 1924.
Two climbers found a woman alone and dying. She was yelling, “please don’t leave me,” but they were forced to continue on and let her die as they had no means to help her and staying would risk their own lives.
Recovering a dead body on Mount Everest is a near impossibility.
David Sharp was a British climber who stopped to rest near “Green Boots” in 2006. He froze in place and was unable to continue his climb. About 30 climbers passed him on their way to the top and noticed he was still alive. Some even spoke to him. However, on Everest, there is little to nothing you can do to save another life. Attempts to help can likely result in your own death.
This is the body of Shriya Shah–Klorfine. Shriya, who reached the summit in 2012, ran out of oxygen and died from exhaustion because she spent 25 minutes celebrating her victory before beginning her descent. Her body is 300m below the summit, draped in a Canadian flag.
Due to the extreme weather conditions, bodies that have been dead for over 50 years can still be found with little decay.