Budget & # 39; adventure tourism & # 39; companies are blamed for an increase in deaths among climbers on Mount Everest after 11 people died in 10 days.
Colorado lawyer Christopher John Kulish, 62, became eleventh mortality in less than two weeks on Monday after he had a heart attack that descended to the top.
He is believed to have become seriously ill after successfully reaching the 29,029 meter high peak between a & # 39; small group and no crowds & # 39 ;.
Bottlenecks, fatigue and exhaustion, exacerbated by overcrowded routes and & # 39; traffic jams & # 39; from and to the top were previously thought to be behind the peak in deaths.
But this week, tour operators pointed the finger at budget companies cutting back & # 39; on safety measures.
Canadian filmmaker Elia Sakaily posted this photo he took when he climbed Mount Everest on Thursday – a corpse still tied up, dangling from the mountain. Budget & # 39; adventure tourism & # 39; companies are to blame for an increase in the number of road deaths at the top
It costs a whopping $ 100,000 (£ 78,900) to climb & # 39; the world's highest mountain.
But some local companies offer the experience only a quarter of that experience and save money because they do not provide the right equipment and navigation aids or sufficient oxygen.
Colorado lawyer Christopher John Kulish, 62, became the eleventh fatal accident in less than fourteen days on Monday after he suffered a heart attack descending the peak
The American mountaineer Garrett Madison, who specializes in Everest tours, said The Daily Telegraph: & # 39; The biggest factor is that many inexperienced climbers book on a low budget, local operators, who do not provide sufficient support, such as guide services, oxygen, medication and leadership to ensure that climbers can safely rise and fall. & # 39;
Tourism makes a huge contribution to Nepal's economy and is vital to maintaining stability after political instability in recent years and the 2015 earthquake.
But verified climb tour operators have called on the government to defeat their low-cost counterparts.
Temba Thseri Sherpa, who works at summit meetings for Asia Voyage travel company, told the newspaper: & The largest number of climbers dying this season is because they run out of oxygen … there are too many commercial expeditions where you pay less , but less gets a service and less experienced guides. & # 39;
A lack of climbing experience is also attributed to the peak in deaths, although some local sources dispute this, saying that the majority go through debilitating training.
The Nepalese government has indicated that the number of permits for people who want to climb the mountain next year may decrease.
Huge line: in this photo taken on Sunday 22 May, hundreds of mountain climbers are standing on top of Mount Everest. Many teams have waited for hours to reach the top, risking freezing and altitude sickness
Mr. Kulish, the eleventh fatality on Everest in ten days, suddenly died on South Col on the normal southeastern crest route.
His family said in a moving statement: & We are deeply saddened by the news. Chris, who turned 62 in April, went up with a very small group in almost ideal weather after last week's crowd cleared Everest.
& # 39; He saw his last sunrise from the highest peak on earth. At that time he became a member of the & # 39; 7Summit Club & # 39; who had reached the highest peak on every continent. & # 39;
The family continued in their statement CBS: & # 39; A lawyer in his & # 39; daily job & # 39; – he was a hardened climber of peaks in Colorado, the West and the rest of the world.
& # 39; He died doing what he loved after he returned to the next camp below the summit.
& # 39; He is leaving his mother, Betty (& # 39; Timmie & # 39;) Kulish, a younger sister, Claudia, and a younger brother, Mark. & # 39;
Irish Seamus Lawless 39 (left) and Kevin Hynes, 56, (right) also died while descending the top
Donald Lynn Cash, 55, (left), who lives in Utah, collapsed after reaching the summit of the Everest. British climber Robn Haynes Fisher (right) also died last week
Mr. Kulish was the second American to die in the last 10 days after reaching the peak and celebrating his 62nd birthday on the mountain.
Climbing organization The Seven Summits has released a statement on Tuesday afternoon that gives a better insight into its cause of death.
It said: & # 39; Chris suddenly died in his tent in the afternoon of May 27, 2019 on the South Col after he successfully reached the summit of Mt. Everest, with which he achieved his long-cherished goal of the & # 39; Seven Summits & # 39; – the highest peak of every continent – completes.
& # 39; Chris climbed strongly during the top day in a small team without crowds and in good weather. He was in a good mood during the climb and after his arrival at the South Col.
& # 39; Initial assessment suggests that the cause of death was a cardiac arrest, but this is unconfirmed. Emergency first aid and rescue procedures were delivered on site but failed to breathe new life into him.
The route on the mountain includes several major obstacles and a huge moving glacier near the base camp, as shown on the map above
& # 39; Chris was a lifelong lifelong climber who has been a mountaineer since his teenage years. We are proud to have had him as part of our team and are deeply saddened and shocked by his death. & # 39;
Irish professor Seamus Lawless, Donalyd Lynn Cash, 55, from Utah, Irishman Kevin Hynes, 56, and Robin Haynes Fisher, 44, are the others who died at Everest this week.
Last week four Indians died, one Austrian and one Nepalese person who went up or down the top.
The news about Mr Kulish's death on Monday came hours after a Canadian filmmaker had described that he had to step over a corpse to reach the top during a walk on May 23.
Elia Saikaly, from Ottawa, said he was trying to warn other climbers to go down the world's highest mountain, people who would later be dead.
The filmmaker said: & Here we were all, chasing a dream and under our feet there was a lifeless soul. Is this what Everest has become? & # 39;
The 11 climbers who have died on Everest in the last nine days
May 16: The Irish professor Séamus Lawless was missing on 16 May after allegedly falling.
The search has since been canceled and he is supposed to be dead.
May 22nd: Dedicated amateur Donald Lynn Cash, 55, from Sandy, Utah, collapsed and died
May 24: Irish Kevin Hynes, 56, died on the northern part of Tibet from the mountain.
The father of two died in his tent at 23,000 feet in the descent after turning back before he reached the top.
May 25: Robin Haynes Fisher, 44, collapsed and died just 150 meters from the top.
may 27th: US patent attorney Christopher John Kulish, 61, dies after descending
Last week: Four Indians, one Austrian and one person from Nepal died on Everest.
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