List of Mount Everest death statistics

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Statue honoring the woman Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, the first Nepali woman to summit but did not make it down alive

List of Mount Everest death statistics is a list of statistics about death on Mount Everest. For a list of mountaineer deaths on Mount Everest, see List of people who died climbing Mount Everest

Youngest people to die on Mount Everest[edit]

Examples of known cases[1][2][3]

  • Pemba Sherpa, April 25, 2015, 19[1][2][4]
  • Ang Chuldim, August 31, 1982, 20[5]
  • Lobsang Sherpa, May 7, 2013, 22[6]
  • Víctor Hugo Trujillo, August 16, 1986, 22[7]
  • Andrew Irvine, June 9, 1924, 22[3]
  • Marco Siffredi, September 8, 2002, 23 [8]
  • Michael Matthews, May 13, 1999, 23[9]

Named corpses[edit]

The corpse known as Green Boots in its eponymous Everest cave

Medical and scientific professionals that died on Everest[edit]

See also Dr. Beck Weathers, a medical doctor who is famous for narrowly surviving the 1996 Everest Disaster.[12]

  • Dr. A. M. Kellas (1921, en route to Everest as part of expedition)[3][13]
  • Dr. Karl G. Henize (PhD in astronomy)(1993)[14]
  • Dr. Sándor Gárdos (2001), Hungarian team doctor, specialist of high altitude medicine [15]
  • Dr. Nils Antezana (2004, pathologist)[16]
  • Dr. Robert Milne (2005, Phd worked on software)[17]
  • Dr. Eberhard Schaaf (2012), German doctor died high on Everest.[18]
  • Dr. Charles MacAdams (2016)[19]
  • Dr. Maria Strydom (2016)[20]
  • Dr. Peter Kinloch had completed a Phd. died in 2010 on M. Everest[21]
  • Dr. Roland Yearwood (2017), a medical doctor in Alabama (USA) died in 2017 on Everest.[22]

Died on descent after summiting[edit]

Memorial of Dimitar Ilievski, who died descending from the Mountain

Examples of those who, after summiting, died on the descent down or soon after (not counting other climbs, on the same expedition but does not have to be their first summit)

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Deadliest events at Everest[edit]

The history of mountaineering expeditions on Mount Everest has evolved since the first official mountaineering expedition trekked up its slopes in 1921. In the subsequent decades from this point until the 1960s, many expeditions were funded by major organizations and launched in a "siege"-style with large climbing parties. These early campaigns helped overcome the relatively remote nature and uncharted territory of Everest. Additionally, these journeys paved the way for the "lightweight"-style expeditions that would follow (a prime example is the successful 1980 solo ascent by Reinhold Messner, the first without supplemental oxygen). The 80s and 90s saw the emergence and rise in the commercialization of the ascent to Everest's summit. These commercial expeditions range from logistics only (i.e. a permit and some basic base camp supplies) to expensive, professionally-guided expeditions promising even laypeople an increased chance of successfully reaching the summit. The increased access now afforded to scaling the world's tallest mountain, while leading to more people successfully reaching the summit than ever before, has also seen a concomitant and exponential rise in casualties.

Died Date Notes / Ref
18-22 2015 2015 Mount Everest avalanches[24]
16 2014 2014 Mount Everest avalanche[25]
8-12 1996 1996 Mount Everest disaster
6 1974 1974 French Mount Everest expedition avalanche[26]
6 1970 1970 Mount Everest disaster

Another very deadly event was in 1995, when 42 died near Everest in a large avalanche.[27][28]

Deaths by nationality[edit]

*with at least two deaths

Nationality Count
   Nepal 111
 India 19
 Japan 19
 United Kingdom 17
 United States 15
 China 12
 South Korea 11
 Australia 7
 Germany 7
 Poland 7
 Russia 7
 Canada 6
 France 6
 Czechoslovakia 5
 Spain 4
 Bulgaria 3
 Italy 3
 New Zealand 3
  Switzerland 3
 Austria 2
 Czech Republic 2
 Denmark 2
 Hungary 2
 Slovenia 2
 Taiwan 2
 Yugoslavia 2
 Brazil 1
Other/Unknown 12

Cause of death[edit]

Frost bite 1
Cause Count
Avalanche 68
Fall 67
Exposure 27
Altitude sickness 21
Cardiac arrest 11
Exhaustion and/or exposure 8
Exhaustion 7
Serac 6
Cerebral Oedema 7
Stroke 2
Other 15
Unknown Cause 52

Astronaut fatality[edit]

Henize had been in space (see STS-51-F space mission) and co-authored many science papers

One of the people claimed by Everest mountaineering was the U.S. astronaut Karl Gordon Henize. He was on a mission to study radiation but came down with a fatal case of HAPE in October 1993 and died at north base camp.[14] At the time he was the oldest astronaut to have flown in space and also had a doctorate in astronomy.[14] He died on October 5, 1993 and was buried on Mount Everest.[29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b c Ortner 2001, p. 49
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  5. ^ Reuter 1982, p. 3
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  7. ^ Bell 1986
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  13. ^ Ortner 2001, p. 31
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  24. ^ "Avalanche triggered by quake kills 18 on Mount Everest". Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  25. ^ Krakauer, Jon (21 April 2014). "Death and Anger on Everest". The New Yorker. Retrieved 22 April 2014. Of the twenty-five men hit by the falling ice, sixteen were killed, all of them Nepalis working for guided climbing teams. 
  26. ^ "The West Ridge Direct". everesthistory.com. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  27. ^ "12 guides killed in worst ever Mt Everest accident | The Brunei Times". bt.com.bn. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  28. ^ Reuters Editorial. "FACTBOX - World's deadliest mountaineering disasters 2008". reuters.com. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
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