The devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015, budged the tallest mountain by three centimeters while it drifted dauntless mountaineers’ miles away from the thought of those adventurous expeditions of mounting the Everest.
Ever since 1953, over 4000 people have summited Mount Everest. However, for the first time in the last 4 decades( since 1974), Everest Summit did not witness the foot of a human in 2015. Quite recently, the mountain was shaken while the ire of nature swallowed the lives of about 8,700 innocent souls in Nepal, 24 of which were struck by an avalanche at the base camp of Mount Everest. Soon after the catastrophe of the quake lay its impact on mother earth, about a 170 individuals were evacuated from the south side of the peak due to fearful doubts of the fierce avalanches impending the near future.
Before 2015, the highest number of deaths on the way to the top of the Everest, was recorded in 1996(Read 1996 Everest Disaster). About 15 people lost their lives through the year due to mishaps like; altitude sickness, rope accidents, falling and other misfortune.
The earthquake brought the base camp to ruins compelling China and Nepal to revoke all the climbs for 2015 and 2016 as of now. Companies that host expeditions withdrew with the aftershock of two consecutive earthquakes.
However, a brave heart took on the challenge of touching the highest peak for the second time after losing his fingertips to frostbites 3 years back on his way to the summit, 29,035 feet high. Kuriki Nobukazu, 33 year old Japanese took the challenge of being the only human to stand on the Summit in 2015. Unfortunately, he had to turn back from Camp 4, leaving the Summit in a much needed solitude.
You cannot fight natural calamities or, even natural calamities cannot break the spirit of the adventurous! However you perceive it, we still have factors that can take you 6 feet under in a finger snap. If you are a thrill seeker, mountaineer or an Everest Fanatic, you must read this:
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