In the Western Qwm, the “Valley of Silence”, at above 6,000 meters, more than 200 climbers are currently waiting for their summit chance on Mount Everest, according to press reports from Nepal . By the weekend, the strong winds caused by a cyclone west of India are expected to subside. On the South Col at an altitude of almost 8,000 meters, several dozen tents are said to have been blown away. During the first summit wave a week ago, about 150 climbers had reached the highest point at 8,849 meters.
Mourning for Pemba Tashi Sherpa
Meanwhile, the third fatality of this spring season on Mount Everest is being mourned. Pemba Tashi Sherpa fell into a crevasse while descending from Camp 2 (6,400 m) to Camp 1 (6.100 meters) and could only be recovered dead yesterday. The 27-year-old leaves behind a wife and three children. Pemba Tashi had climbed Mount Everest five times, most recently on 12 May.
Last week, a Swiss climber had died on the descent from the summit and an American at the South Col – both of them from exhaustion, as their expedition operator Seven Summit Treks said.