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Even Everest faces "Traffic Jam" survivor recalls 20-minute wait at 29,029-foot peak

Everest encountered Traffic Jam. Around ten people have died in two weeks after the miserable weather.

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New Delhi Updated on: May 28, 2019 23:22 IST
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Even Everest has a "Traffic Jam" survivor recalls 20-minute wait at 30,000-foot peak

Everest encountered Traffic Jam. Around ten people have died in two weeks after the miserable weather. It left the mountaineers waiting in long queues. People were running out of oxygen and were at the risk of exhaustion. After encountering the Everest "traffic jam", a climber who was caught in the jam, says climbers without basic skills should be restricted to prevent a recurrence of this year's deadly season on the world's highest Mount Everest. 

Ameesha Chauhan, a survivor of the Everest "traffic jam" had a tough time at the Everest. She has been in the hospital recovering from frostbite, said climbers without basic skills should be prohibited from climbing the Everest. She added in order to prevent a recurrence of this year's deadly season on the world's highest peak, only skilled people must be allowed to climb at such high heights. 

Nepal issued a record 381 Everest permits this season, and several hundred of the summiteers are not properly trained, take poor decisions and "put their own life in risk and also the Sherpa guides", Ameesha Chauhan said. The 29-year-old Indian had to wait 20 minutes to come down from the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) peak, but others were held up for hours. She told, "Many climbers' oxygen was running out."

"I saw some climbers without basic skills fully relying on their Sherpa guides. The government should fix the qualification criteria," she told AFP in Kathmandu's general hospital.  According to the reports nine climbers have died on other 8,000-metre Himalayan peaks, while one is missing.

Overcrowded Everest has been the cause of more than four deaths on Everest. The teams had been waiting for hours in the "death zone" where the cold had been bitter and there was a minimal supply of oxygen. 

"Some climbers died due to their own negligence. They insisted on reaching the top even if their oxygen is running out, which risks their life," said Ameesha Chauhan.

The crowding was laid bare in a photo taken last week by Nirmal Purja, a former Gurkha soldier, of a long queue of climbers snaking up to the summit. Another climber, the "adventure filmmaker" Elia Saikaly, took to his Instagram on Sunday that he had reached the summit of Everest and "cannot believe what I saw up there".

"Death. Carnage. Chaos. Lineups. Dead bodies on the route and in tents at camp 4. People who I tried to turn back who ended up dying. People being dragged down. Walking over bodies," Saikaly wrote.

"Everything you read in the sensational headlines all played out on our summit night."

This has been a nightmare in the day for all the people who were climbing the Everest. 

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