Unmanaged corpses in the mountains causing negative effects on climbers


16th Mar, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew


KATHMANDU, Mar 16: The increasing numbers of corpses left unmanaged by the government in the mountains has become an issue for mountaineers.

Most mountains above 8000 meters are strewn with dead bodies of climbers on the climbing route. The government does not have a procedure or plan to account for these corpses or to remove them from the area; rather they are left where they fall. Mountaineers out to climb difficult summits are forced to walk over them, and are disillusioned and terrified of the sights while on a journey that requires all of their focus.
Mountain guide and President of Nepal Mountaineering Instructors' Association, Lakpa Norbu Sherpa, complains saying that while walking the same paths repeatedly he often has to walk past bodies of his own friends and foreign climbers that he knew, affecting him mentally as well as emotionally. He said that the government has to manage the corpses immediately.
Mountaineer Sherpa said that while climbing Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m), he lost all his strength upon seeing the body of a foreign national, which is approximately 20 years old. The snow preserves the bodies which fall on the mountain paths and since 25 years have been affecting climbers.
President of Everest Summiteers Association, Maya Sherpa, said that families of foreign climbers often wish to leave their relatives to rest in the mountains. Other times, it is impossible to retrieve the bodies of climbers who are not insured, as the retrieval is very costly.
There is no exact count of the number of corpses that are lying in the mountains. As the authority of the Tourism Department hasn't fully reached the sector, there are large numbers of climbers who go on treks without the necessary permits. As such, the government has no accurate number on the climbers who do not return from their expeditions. There is legal provision which mandates trekking companies to return the bodies of registered climbers till the base camp.