Mount Everest at 8,848 meters high is the highest mountain in the world. Located in the Himalayan range, it is positioned between China and Nepal. Every year mountaineers organize expeditions to reach the summit. One of the first expeditions occurred in 1921 when Chares Howard Bury led a group of seven people to the summit. But how many people have died climbing Mount Everest?
The first victims on Mount Everest
The number of people who have died climbing Mount Everest is more than 300. The first victims during expeditions to the summit were Alexander Mitchell Kellas, an alpinisite known worldwide for his studies on “high-altitude physiology,” and an unidentified porter. But the first recorded casualties date back to June 7, 2022. In fact, the first expedition with oxygen tanks saw the disappearance of seven Nepali porters due to an avalanche. Although the expedition ended badly, a new record was set: 8,326 meters of climbing was reached.
Maurice Wilson was the last person to disappear climbing Mount Everest before World War II. The event occurred on May 31, 1934. Wilson was from the United Kingdom and had made a solo expedition in 1934.
Mount Everest victims by nationality
With the end of World War II, expeditions to Mt. Everest resumed. The first casualty after World War II was Dorie Mingma, on October 31, 1952. But which nations have the highest number of victims by nationality? A total of 28 nations have at least one victim in Mt. Everest. How many people have died climbing Mount Everest?
The top nationality by number of casualties to date is Nepal. A total of 111 citizens residing in Nepal (among those registered) have died. In second place tied are India and Japan with 19 victims per nation. In fourth and fifth position are the United Kingdom with 17 and the United States with 15. In addition to the nations already mentioned are countries such as Yugoslavia.
Most Dangerous Mountains
But which mountains in the world have the highest number of fatalities? The most dangerous mountain in the world to date is Everest. The total death toll is 307. In second place among the most dangerous mountains in the world is K2. iL K2, located between China and Pakistan and with a height of 8,611 meters, has a total of 91 fatalities. In third position, however, is Nanga Parbat - located in Pakistan in Gilgit-Baltistan Province (in the Himalayan range).
Most Dangerous Mountains by victim:
- Everest, 307;
- K2, 91;
- Nanga Parbat, 85;
- Mansalù, 84:
- Dhaulagiri I, 82;
- Annapurna I, 73;
- Kangchenjunga, 58;
- Cho Oyu, 52;
- Makalu, 40;
- Gasherbrum I, 34;
Read more: The Number of Deaths in the Second World War by Nation
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