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Four More Climbers Die on Everest, 15 in Himalayas in 2019

And a viral photo is generating a lot of conversation about the world's highest mountain

The Everest season is short, but with hundreds of climbers on the world’s highest mountain, there’s always drama, triumph and, unfortunately, tragedy. Four more climbers have died this week after an already sad summit push, bringing the total number of dead or missing to 15 on peaks bigger than 8,000 metres.

Austrian climber Ing “Ernst” Landgraf, 65, died at the second step after making a summit push. Indian climber Nihal Bagwan died at camp four after he was rescued by a group at the balcony area. “The 27-year-old climber died at Camp IV after he fell ill near balcony area while returning from the summit of Mt Everest,” said Babu Sherpa, Managing Director at Peak Promotion Pvt Ltd. Indian climber Kalpana Das, 49, also died near the balcony, she was a member of the Three Women Expedition and had climbed Everest in 2008. And Indian climber Anjali S Kulkarni, 54, died above camp four after reaching the summit.

Earlier this week, American Don Cash died after being revived near the summit. His rescuers got stuck in a traffic jam while assisting Cash down near the Hillary Step. His death came a week after Irish climber Sean Lawless went missing in the death zone.

Top Peruvian climber Richard Hidalgo died alone in his tent on Makalu earlier this season. Fellow South American, Rodrigo Vivanco from Chile went missing on Kanchenjunga, the same peak where Biplap Baidya, 48, and Kuntal Karar, 46, died above camp four. Indian army climbers Narayan Singh and Dipanker Ghos died descending from Makalu’s summit.

Bulgarian climber Evan Yuriev Tomov died descending Lhotse after reaching the summit without Sherpa support or supplemental oxygen. Malaysian climber Wui Kin Chin died in hospital after spending two days in the death zone on Annapurna. Phujung Bhote Sherpa fell into a crevasse and died near camp two on Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth highest mountain.

A photo has gone viral that was taken near the summit by Nirmal Purja near the summit of Everest. The photo shoes a lineup of climbers near the top of the world. Below are what some are saying about it.