People who never made it back from Mt. Everest

At the top of the world lies some untold stories and unidentified bodies. Millions aspire of to make it to the top of the world but only few make it to the top and back. With 100’s of people scaling  the treacherous climb, some are just left behind buried under the snow where their bodily remains lie for eternity. Most deaths occur due to avalanche, lack of oxygen and the harsh weather on the Everest. Deaths mainly occur 7925 meters above the sea level. The area above 7925 meters is mostly known as the “Death Zone” because around 250 people have died in this area making it the largest open-air graveyard in the world. The Everest is also considered as one of the most haunted areas in the world because of the number of deaths on the deadly terrain. According to Nepalese law, “Everest is sacred and any bodies are to be removed immediately” but finding dead bodies in Everest is almost impossible. The weather is unbearable, there’s lack of oxygen and a lot pressure from snow on the dead bodies, making it near impossible to retrieve.

Here are some of the most terrifying untold stories about people who died while trying to conquer the top of the world:

  1. The Green Boots:

There are mainly 2 routes to the summit North Col or C1, most of the climbers go through north col to get to the top and on the way lies a dead body inside a cave, marking their distance to the summit known as the “Green Boots”. Named after the brightly colored boots he had been wearing during the time of his death, Green boots is considered as a landmark on the trails of Everest. In the May of 2014, green boots went missing but in 2017, again, the climbers noticed him at 8500 meters altitude.


  1. The German Woman:

Hannelore Schmatz, mostly known as “the German woman” in the summit, was the first woman and the first German to die on the Everest. While returning back from successfully reaching the top she and her teammates decided to camp at the death zone even after the Sherpa that accompanies them, told them it wouldn’t be a good idea. They camped at the camp IV without any tents just on their sleeping bags and during the night they were hit by a dangerous snowstorm; causing her death. Her last word before her death was “Water.. water”. Many climbers have seen her at the camp IV leaning against her trekking bag with her eyes wide open.


  1. 75 years later:

George Mallory, along with his team wanted to be the first person to conquer the highest peak of the world. But after being separated from his team he fell to his death during a massive storm. His body was discovered 75 years later and it’s ambiguos if he made it to the top of the summit or not. His skin was in good condition and he had a big hole in his forehead which was caused by the deadly fall. He had a rope tied to his waist which was confirmed by the experts to be the cause of his fall.

  1. Rainbow Valley:

A specific area in the death zone got a name as “Rainbow Valley”, a mass pit of dead bodies, in reference to the vibrant colored clothes that had been worn by the climbers, while they were attempting to reach the top of the summit. The gears, jackets and the trekking bags of the dead climbers are a little visible in the snow making it look like a rainbow. The cost of retrieving the dead bodies from rainbow valley is said to me more than $25,000.

  1. Lost in the Everest:

Dan Fredinburg, the founder of Google adventure team, lost his life because of a head injury in the avalanche that was triggered by an earthquake on the 25thApril, 2015. He was on an expedition to the summit in order to enable a Street View trek to base camp and was also attempting to bring a Street View camera to the summit. Many unsuccessful attempts have already been made by Google to retrieve the body.

  1. The Sleeping Beauty:

Francys Austenite wanted to be the first woman to reach the summit without any bottled oxygen aid. She along with her husband were successfully able to reach the top, but she never got the  chance to celebrate her victory. After being separated from her husband, Sergei Arsentiev, she was found 3 days later by a group of climbers, oxygen deprived and unable to move because of frost bite. While approaching her the climbers could hear her murmur “Don’t leave me here. Don’t leave me here to die.” The climbers tried to save her with oxygen they had but weren’t able to do so and she was named as “The Sleeping Beauty” of the summit.

  1. Lone Climber:

Davis Sharp, a British climber, attempted to climb the Everest without any oxygen or a team. He was able to climb the summit and while returning back he was spotted by other climbers slowly moving down towards the camp III.  On his way back he was already suffering from severe frostbites and wasn’t able to stand properly. So he decided to rest in the same cave as the green boots, with his knees on his chest. Many climbers who saw him, mistook him as green boots and ignored him. Some climbers did attempt to help him but by then he was already deceased.

  1. Only Faith :

Maurice Wilson was a British soldier who tried to climb the Everest alone without any mountaineering gear or oxygen supply, solemnly in the faith of the gods. He had planned to fly from England to the camp 4 of Mount Everest. But after his request to fly in the summit area got denied, he decided to enter Everest from Tibet. But because of lack of mountaineering skills and tools he wasn’t able to ascend well. However he was discovered by the people of Rombuk monastery who suggested him to go back but he refused to do so and kept on moving without any aid or equipment. His dead body was found by the climbers a year later.


  1. All Seven Summits:

Yasuko Namba was a successful business woman who had a passion for mountaineering. She was successfully able to reach the top and was the oldest woman to complete the seven summit but died of a deadly blizzard, in 1996. It was considered as the worst year for the climbers of the summit because a large number of climbers died because of the bad weather and little or no visibility.  Her body was later found in the 1997 by a group of Indonesian climbers.


  1. Snowboarding Down The Summit:


Marco Siffredi was the first person ever to snowboard down the death zone successfully in 2001. Later in 2002, he returned back again to snowboard down the steepest slopes of Everest. He along with two Sherpas, who carried his equipment set off for the summit. On reaching the top, Siffredi lost all his stamina and was too tired to snowboard but he still tried to do so. The last time he was seen was at camp III and upon investigation no snowboard tracks or the body of Marco Siffredi was found.




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