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Some die in their sleep, some fall unconscious and freeze, while others (including those who fell or became injured) were left to die slowly of hypothermia.  Until recently, the statistics were nearly one in four climbers dies attempting to reach the summit.

As of Mount Everest has claimed the lives of over 216 known mountain climbers. The area above feet is called “the Death Zone”, where breathing fresh oxygen from caniste…

Everest: Home to over 200 bodies - Album on Imgur

Everest: Home to over 200 bodies

It is estimated that over 200 people have died in their attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The causes of their death vary as widely as the weather at Mount Everest’s peak.

Any Mount Everest climber will tell you the most memorable, and disturbing, part of their climb were the many perfectly preserved dead bodies on top of the mountain.

There are over 200 dead bodies on Mount Everest

Dead Bodies on Mount Everest - many perfectly preserved bodies lie on top of Mount Everest - Climbers often stack rocks and packed snow around the bodies in an effort to protect them from the elements. Nobody knows why this body skeletonized.

Instant frost-bite is a very real possibility near the summit. | Dead Bodies On Mount Everest

Dead Bodies On Mount Everest

Dead Bodies on Mount Everest - many perfectly preserved bodies lie on top of Mount Everest

mount everest disaster |grave site for Scott Fischer of the 1996 disaster

Grave site for Scott Fischer who died in the disaster

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As of Mount Everest has claimed the lives of over 216 known mountain climbers. The area above feet is called “the Death Zone”, where breathing fresh oxygen from caniste…

Over 200 Dead Bodies on Mount Everest

As of Mount Everest has claimed the lives of over 216 known mountain climbers. The area above feet is called “the Death Zone”, where breathing fresh oxygen from caniste…

See Photos From a Survivor of the Mount Everest Avalanche

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Rescuers help a porter onto a makeshift stretcher after he was injured by the avalanche on Mount Everest, triggered by an earthquake outside Kathmandu, Nepal. - Mount Everest Avalanche Photos - © Provided by Time Article/Roberto Schmidt-AFP/Getty Images

Beck Weathers - Everest 1996

Beck Weathers, a client of Rob Hall got lost in the blizzard on May 1996 on Everest, was left for dead and survived.

Rob Hall, Scott Fischer, Anatoli Boukreev, and Jon Krakauer - Into Thin Air Illustrated Edition (Jon Krakauer) book This Day in History: May 10, 1996: Death on Mount Everest http://dingeengoete.blogspot.com/

Mel read Into Thin Air while on the road. Needless to say, she has a newfound respect for moutaineering // Rob Hall, Scott Fischer, Anatoli Boukreev, and Jon Krakauer - Into Thin Air Illustrated Edition (Jon Krakauer) book.

Everest clean up expedition - will they collect all the dead bodies that litter the routes? I am ashamed to call myself a mountaineer when I see this lack of pride

Everest clean up expedition. Seriously people, if you bring all of this trash with you on a hike, you can easily take it back out. Show some respect and pride for the land.

Inside View of the Mount Everest Tragedy - NBC News

Inside View of the Mount Everest Tragedy

A firsthand account of what it was like when an avalanche killed 16 people on Mount Everest.

The accidental graveyard in the “Death Zone” of Mt. Everest:  Many climbers dream about making the dangerous trek to the summit of Mt. Everest because of the adventure and challenges involved.   But the grim statistic is that for every ten climbers who’ve conquered the mountain, one has died either on the way up or way down. More than 200 people have died on Mt. Everest because of the dangerous environment of the appropriately named Death Zone.

There's an area on Mt. Everest called “Rainbow Valley”, named for the multicolored down jackets and climbing gear attached to the numerous corpses littered along the hillside.

Rainbow Valley-Death zone - EVEREST - Certaines dépouilles ont hérité de surnoms chez les alpinistes, tandis que d’autres servent de balises ou de point de repère. Une zone sur la face nord-est du sommet a même été baptisée la «vallée arc-en-ciel» à cause des vêtements multicolores des nombreux cadavres qui jonchent le chemin.

Rainbow Valley-Death zone - EVEREST - Certaines dépouilles ont hérité de surnoms chez les alpinistes, tandis que d’autres servent de balises ou de point de repère. Une zone sur la face nord-est du sommet a même été baptisée la «vallée arc-en-ciel» à cause des vêtements multicolores des nombreux cadavres qui jonchent le chemin.

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