A video showing long queues of climbers at the summit of Mount Everest has gone viral, raising widespread concerns and fears. According to the New York Post, the climbers were stranded following Tuesday’s incident, where a British climber and his sherpa were hit by falling ice as they climbed down from the summit. 

An Indian, Rajan Dwivedi on May 20, shared a clip on Instagram, that revealed the long queue in a single line as climbers were trying to climb the summit.

“Mt. Everest is not a joke and in fact, quite a serious climb,” Dwivedi wrote in a post. 

While elaborating on his post, Dwiedi said three sections– 1) Khumbu Icefalls 2) C3 to C4 and 3) C4 to Summit during the entire night in the death zone in the frigid air! is quite a serious climb, said Dwivedi. 

“Approx 500 climbers, amateurs and inexperienced ones all over the world attempt it for its glory! Probably 250-300 succeed…Many end up with frostbites, snow blindness and various types of injuries that are not counted in any database,” he said.

The video shared by Dwivedi shows the long wait on one rope line and negotiating interchanges during the traffic upstream and downstream. “The main reason is the weather window to avoid the fierce cruising jet streams that could be 100-240mph!! For me, coming down was a nightmare and exhausting while huge lines of climbers were coming up to maximize the weather window,” added Dwivedi.

Sharing another video of the long queue, Massimo wrote on X that the causes of the jams are all related to the short weather windows, the date when ropes are fixed and the slow, inexperienced climbers. 

Many environmentalists and climbers have expressed concern about overcrowding on Everest. Despite the many accidents and deaths on the mountain, hundreds prepare to climb the world’s highest peak. 

The British climber Mar Paterson (39) along with his Nepali Sherpa Pastenji (23) collapsed while they were climbing down the Hilary Step.

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