Four people have died in four days on Mount Everest in Nepal, as significant numbers of climbers tried to make the most of a weather window. Two other people are missing, and thirty more have fallen ill.
On Thursday 19th May, 25-year-old Phurba Sherpa fell to his death on the mountain. Reports suggest that he was completing maintenance work on one of the main routes around 150 metres from the summit of Everest when he fell.
36-year-old Dutch climber Eric Arnold died the following day on Friday 20th May. Arnold had successfully reached the summit of Everest and was heading back down when he died. Tashi Lakpa Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks – the group Arnold was climbing with – said that his death was due to a heart attack.
“It’s the first time the mountain had been opened to commercial expeditions for two years following the 2015 earthquake and the 2014 avalanche which killed 16 sherpas.”