2015 Nepal Quake Leaves Mt Everest Unconquered For The First Time in 40 Years

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5:30 pm 11 Jan, 2016

According to media reports, 2015 was the first year since 1974 in which not one person managed to reach the top of Mount Everest.

It was largely because of the devastating April 2015 earthquake, that led to closure of the Mount Everest. In addition, avalanches have also contributed to making Mt. Everest climb, harder each year.


Back in 2014, as many as 17 Sherpas, inhabitants of the Khumbu-valley, the national park surrounding Everest, lost their lives on Mount Everest, with 16 (the highest in history) dying on a single day (April 18) in an avalanche.

Following 2014’s avalanche, the route to the top has only become more treacherous leaving the Sherpas confused whether to climb the mountain or not. 



And the 2015 Nepal earthquake have added to their worries. According to data from a satellite set up in 2005 by China’s National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation, the Mount Everest shifted three centimeters southwest after the 7.8-magnitude quake on April 25.

There are also many Nepalese guides, who even though continue to put themselves at risk so they can take climbers to the summit’s top, question if it is really worth it especially looking at how furious the nature has been in the last two years.

The April 25th earthquake, which triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, left more than 8,700 people dead. The Everest avalanche killed 24 people in a single day.


The horrific event had then accounted for the Himalayan summit being closed for the coming months and led to many mountaineers cancelling their expeditions subsequently.



Though initially, the Nepalese government had requested mountaineers not to cancel their expeditions, the second quake in May had only compelled the authorities to abandon plans for at least some time and the mountain had remained closed till August 26, 2015.

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