The world’s highest mountain and an expedient option for mountaineers, the mighty Mt. Everest has been encountering a disturbing human traffic jam. By Ishani Singh

With an uncensored outpour of tourists looking forward to climb the mountain, the route has been crammed with a large number of people waiting in line to ascend towards the peak. According to sources, a week of clear weather in the region attracted more hikers than usual to scale the 8848 m summit, which has resulted in the overcrowding of the route, thus extending the time period of the journey.

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Instagrammer Nirmal Purja shared an image of a crowd of 320 people lined to reach atop the mountain.

Due to the over-populated state of the path to the peak, the death toll for this season alone has hit a surprising high of 18, which is more than the total number of deaths from last year. Last week, an Indian mountaineer Anjali Kulkarni, along with hikers Kalpana Das and Nihal Bagwan succumbed to exhaustion and sickness after being stuck in traffic for more than 12 hours. Earlier in May, Séamus Lawless, an assistant professor at Trinity College slipped and fell on the opposite side of the mountain from the main site of the traffic jam. The area located 26,000 feet above sea level is called the ‘death zone’, which resulted in the death of Robin Haynes Fisher (44) due to low oxygen levels. A 65-year-old Austrian man also lost his life due to fatigue and altitude sickness. Tourist officials say that most people have died due to hypoxia, weakness, and indefinite delays on the congested path to the summit.

Rising disturbance with regard to the environmental harm and loss of human lives caused due to this problem has invited precautionary measures from people demanding a limit on the number of permits issued to mountaineers, stricter travel regulations for climbers and guides, along with a thorough background check of the climbers’ experiences to ensure that they are fit for the expedition.

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