How many have climbed Mount Everest?
40: Record number of people to successfully reach Everest's summit in one day (May 10, 1993). 200: Approximate number of total climbers who have died on the peak's treacherous slopes. 4,000: Approximate number of people who have climbed Mount Everest since Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953.
More than 200 bodies dot the mountain, according to Smithsonian. Some of them are there per their final wishes. Many climbers wish to remain on the mountain should they perish, much like a captain going down with his ship, BBC reported.
- Most expeditions to Everest take around two months. Climbers start arriving at the mountain's base camps in late March. On the more popular south side, base camp is at around 5,300 metres and sits at the foot of the icefall, the first major obstacle.
- Green Boots is the name given to the unidentified corpse of a climber that became a landmark on the main Northeast ridge route of Mount Everest. Though his identity has not been officially confirmed, he is believed to be Tsewang Paljor, an Indian climber who died on Mount Everest in 1996.
- Hundreds of climbers every year attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain. It is a dangerous mission so most climbers rely on help from mountain guides, known as Sherpas. Read our guide to who they are and what they do.
Annual Fatality Rates by Profession. The reason for the discrepancy is simple. From 2000 to 2010, only seven ethnic Sherpas died on the mountain. Since then, 21 Sherpas have perished, including the 16 who died in the avalanche yesterday.
- The Sherpas are one of the Bhotia, the Tibetan-related ethnic groups inhabiting several high valleys in northeastern Nepal. They practice the Nying ma pa, or "old" version of Tibetan Buddhism. The name "Sherpa," Tibetan shar pa, means "easterner," referring to their origin in the eastern Tibetan region of Khams.
- Many millions more were spent on hotels, restaurants, supplies and porters. And the tour operators are generous local employers. The average income in Nepal is around $700; Sherpas who climb Everest can make between $3,000 and $5,000 in a single season, more if they summit.
- The climate of Mount Everest is naturally extreme. In January, the coldest month, the summit temperature averages about -36° C (about -33° F) and can drop as low as -60° C (-76° F). In July, the warmest month, the average summit temperature is -19° C (-2° F).
Updated: 2nd October 2019