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MILIEU: Mount Everest overvol infographic

Elke beklimming Everest in beeld

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June 14, 2019 -- In het afgelopen klimseizoen waren de flanken van de Mount Everest overvoller dan in elk voorgaand jaar, sinds de berg in 1953 voor het eerst werd bedwongen door Sir Edmund Hillary en Tenzing Norgay. In 2019 bereikte een recordaantal van 891 klimmers de top. Het leidde tot gevaarlijke opstoppingen op het beperkt aantal routes naar 's werelds hoogste piek.

The crowds on Mount Everest, which have been causing chaos for years, are now becoming a serious health hazard.

In 2019, there were only five days where winds were under 50km/h, compared with 11 days in 2018. The combined effect of more people making the attempt and fewer good climbing days intensified the bottlenecks and created long queues of climbers attempting to scale the mountain.

Many people suffering from altitude sickness could not descend to seek medical attention. In total, there were 11 deaths on Everest this season, making it one of the deadliest in its chequered history.

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