Four deaths in four days on Mount Everest; two climbers missing

Alyssa Azar preparing for her third attempt to climb Mount Everest

Four people have died on Mount Everest in the past four days, including an Indian man who died overnight Sunday after he fell ill with altitude sickness.

He was among four Indians who lost contact with operators on Saturday afternoon, said Loben Sherpa of Trekking Camp Nepal, which organised their expedition to Mount Everest.

Two other climbers who had been with Mr Paul - Paresh Nath and Goutam Ghosh - have also been reported missing in the "death zone" near the summit.

Meanwhile, around 30 more climbers have become sick, frostbitten or both near the summit during the past few days, the AP reported.

Strydom made a decision to turned back from her attempt to reach the summit and was assisted down to the South Col by her husband, veterinarian Robert Gropel.

The incidents come as Nepal's mountaineering community is still recovering from the past two climbing seasons, which were hit by disasters.

Eric Arnold, 36, of the Netherlands, died at night while heading back after a successful summit on Everest, according to Tashi Lakpa Sherpa, the owner of Seven Summit Treks.

Favourable weather has allowed almost 400 climbers to reach the summit from Nepal since 11 May, but the altitude, weather and harsh terrain can cause problems at any time.

Alyssa Azar is back safe after conquering Mount Everest
Alyssa Azar is back safe after conquering Mount Everest

Strydom, 34, could not climb any higher and a rescue attempt to reach her failed, according to Tashi Sherpa. At least one person has died climbing the mountain in Nepal every year since 1900.

One Indian mountaineer has been found dead on Mount Everest while two others are still missing, an official said here on Monday.

"There are mixed feelings with the recent deaths, frostbite and rescues as it brings into focus the danger of climbing Everest", said veteran mountaineer and blogger Alan Arnette.

She suffered strong altitude sickness and later died from a lack of oxygen on Saturday.

In an interview posted on the Monash Business School website shortly before the couple left to climb Everest, Strydom said, "It seems that people have this warped idea of vegans being malnourished and weak". The first tragedy swept through in 2014 in the form of an avalanche, the mountain's deadliest accident to date, which immediately killed 12 Sherpa guides and injured three more. Research shows that most of the climbers die during their descent succumbing to low pressure, scarcity of oxygen and extreme cold.

The database estimates nearly seven people have died climbing the peak each year in the most recent decade.

Strydom, a finance professor at Monash University in Melbourne, had been trying to summit Everest with her husband, Dr Robert Gropel, a vet, in an effort to prove that vegans could "do anything". Trekking companies have since been anxious to see foreign climbers returning to the mountain.

On Thursday a Nepali guide was killed when he slipped and fell 2,000 metres down Mount Lhotse, the world's fourth-highest peak.

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