READ FULL STORY -- Is it hard to climb down from Mount Everest?

Faisal Azam

While descending from the world's highest peak might seem like the easy part, the chilling reality tells a different story. As of December 2023, ninety-two individuals who conquered Mount Everest perished during their descent. But how could this be?

The statistics paint a stark picture:

  • Falls: 31
  • Exhaustion: 21
  • Exposure/Frostbite: 14
  • Altitude sickness: 17
  • Disappearance: 3
  • Avalanche: 1
  • Crevasse: 3
  • Other Illness: 2

What's crucial to understand is that the vast majority of these tragedies occurred above 7,900m, in what's ominously known as the death-zone. Here, the air is thin, and the risks are unparalleled. Every moment spent in the death-zone increases the peril, making descent especially treacherous. It's inevitable that prolonged exposure at such altitudes leads to tragedy.

This isn't just a cautionary tale; it's a stark reminder of the unforgiving nature of Everest's heights. Whether ascending or descending, the dangers persist. Stay informed, stay prepared, and stay safe amidst the world's tallest challenges


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