‘Traffic jam’ on Everest as two more climbers die reaching summit

Prakash Mathema  AFP  Getty Images Mount Everest in the Himalayas is seen in this

Prakash Mathema AFP Getty Images Mount Everest in the Himalayas is seen in this

A fair weather window opened up on Wednesday, allowing teams from both the China and Nepal side to attempt to summit the world's tallest peak, but the bottleneck has some anxious that priorities of profits over safety are driving the decision, reports Agence-France Presse (AFP).

An Austrian climber died on the northern Tibet side of the mountain on Thursday, his expedition organiser said.

American climber Donald Lynn Cash, 55, died Wednesday after fainting from high altitude sickness while descending the mountain.

But Mount Everest is perhaps the last place in the world you'd expect to find a traffic jam.

Thupden Sherpa, an official at Arun Treks expedition company, informed that Kulkarni had successfully made it to the summit with her husband on Wednesday morning. 'She couldn't move down on her own and died as Sherpa guides brought her down'.

Indian climber Kalpana Das, 49, reached the summit, but died on Thursday afternoon while descending as a large number of climbers queued near the top.

Three Indian climbers have died on Nepal's Mount Everest this week, bringing the death toll in this season on the world's highest peak to six.

The 65-year-old died close to the summit on his descent.

As the weather window for the 2019 season opens up on Everest, there's been a mad rush for the summit, leading to long lines and over crowding that's at least partially responsible for two deaths.

Don Cash had just achieved his dream of climbing the highest peak on each continent when he died on his descent from Mount Everest.

Donald Cash, 55, from Utah in the United States of America died after fainting due to high altitude sickness near a portion of the trail called the "Hillary Step".

Hillary Step is a rocky outcrop near the summit named after Sir Edmund Hillary, who was the first person to climb the mountain along with the Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953.

Nepal issued a high number of permits to climb the mountain this year - 367 to foreigners and 14 to Nepalese climbers, according to a government liaison officer at base camp.

There are reports that the effort to carry Cash below the Hillary Step was delayed by a traffic jam of other mountaineers trying to reach the summit.

Last year, a record 807 people reached the summit, according to the BBC.

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