The latest researches reveal that the long queue at the very top of Mount Everest might be the reason number one for several mortal cases this year. The queue was probably formed during the days with pretty good weather conditions. This crowd was the reason for the mortal “traffic jam”. In one of the cases, the 27 years old Nichal Baguan from India was stuck in the crowd for more than twelve hours. He was exhausted and tired.
The exhaustion is a risk and a challenge every hiker faces. But why the crowd at the top of the mountain is the main reason for death lately?
This means that the people who find themselves at the top has to spend more time at a place with an above sea level which is dangerous for the human body. On the other hand if there is an urge to get to the bottom asap because of an illness, waiting for the first aid can last forever.
The dangers of Everest
As the highest mountain in the entire world, the height of Mount Everest reaches the amazing 8.848 m above sea level. However, the hikers tend to face the first difficulties within the first 2.500 m. The acute mountain disease is not the a causer of death for the hikers. Its symptoms can only make the hikers feel bad. About 77% of the hikers has to deal with this disease. Its symptoms are headache, nausea, vomiting lethargy and dizziness. On the other hand this could be solved with a slow climbing and taking the appropriate medicine against vomiting and dizziness.
Another option could be immediately stopping the hiking process. If the symptoms keep on after a day or two, it is recommendable for that person to leave the mountain. Another such disease is the brain edema. This causes brain swelling. Unlike the first one, this disease could be a reason for death.
The experience so far shows that less than 1% of the hikers suffer brain edema. Such people face difficulties in keeping balance and coordination. Feeling extremely tired is another effect. Moreover, this disease can cause comma. The people with such a case might even need extra oxygen.
The longer one stays at a place above the limits of the human body, the greater the chances for a disease. If one has an urge to get down from the top asap, its when the problems happens. The hikers face difficulties and find it complicated to get down in a case of emergency. That’s why most of the hikers don’t even get the appropriate medical service on time.
When the hikers wait in line, they don’t consume food nor drinks, nor do they sleep. That way they spend the supplies of oxygen if they bring oxygen cylinders. Moreover they are exposed to frostbite. However, it seems like the will to climb the mountain no matter what plays a big role in this. That people have spent a lots of money and effort on this challenge. Imagine only how hard it is to convince someone to go down from the top just because the queue is so long. This is especially difficult when the weather is nice, at least for some days.