Two mountaineers - one of whom was American - died while descending Mount Everest Wednesday due in part to an issue of overcrowding near the summit at almost 30,000 feet. A fair weather window opened up on Wednesday, allowing teams from both the China and Nepal side to attempt to summit the world's tallest peak, but the bottleneck has some anxious that priorities of profits over safety are driving the decision, reports Agence-France Presse (AFP).
Don Cash, 55, died "at the peak of Mt. Everest accomplishing his dream of summiting the 7 summits", his daughter Danielle Cook posted on Facebook on Wednesday.
'She had to wait for a long time to reach the summit and descend, ' said Thupden Sherpa.
"Due to the huge traffic [Wednesday] and the delay in being able to return back, she couldn't maintain her energy", Phupden Sherpa, Kulkarni's tour guide from Pioneer Adventures, told the New York Times.
This was his last attempt on the Seven Summit climbing mission, where mountaineers take on the highest peaks of the seven continents.
The government issued a record number of 381 climbing permits to the mountaineers representing 44 teams this spring season.
In this file handout photo taken on May 22, 2019 and released by climber Nirmal Purja´s Project Possible expedition shows heavy traffic of mountain climbers lining up to stand at the summit of Mount Everest.
The search for Irishman Seamus Lawless who had been missing since falling on Mount Everest last week has been called off, his family have confirmed.
An American and Indian climber are the latest fatalities, their expedition organizers said, on one of the busiest-ever days on the 8,848-meter (29,029-foot) peak.
The 39-year-old from Wicklow fell while descending from the summit.
The last steep challenge before the summit occurs after the Hillary Step - a vertical rock face at 8,790 metres - which many climbers said was dislodged in the 2015 natural disaster.
Four other people have died on the mountain earlier this year, the Press Trust of India reports.
Cash's body will remain on Everest.
The pair were among 120 climbers on the world's tallest mountain Thursday.
According to Shantanu Kulkarni, his mother had trekked for over 25 years and had trained to climb Mount Everest for the past six.