An iconic feature near the top of Mount Everest has collapsed

Cheryl Sanders
May 26, 2017

A British climber has confirmed that a famous rock / slope near the summit of Mount Everest has collapsed, making it even more risky to the highest peak of the Himalayas.

Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of Nepal Mountaineering Association earlier had earlier said that "the chances of his survival were slim, as more than 24 hours had elapsed since he went missing in the extreme climate".

The ramifications of a newly created terrain Being that the near-vertical climb up the step was the last big challenge, does this now mean the trek will be made easier?

The British expedition leader Tim Mosedale, who reached the summit last week, posted a photograph on Facebook and confirmed the destruction of the Hillary Step.

"It appears there was much more snow in the area but we found nothing wrong with the Hillary Step". But as Kate Lyons reports for The Guardian, the Hillary Step may no longer exist.


Reports of collapse began circulating a year ago after photographs released by the American Himalayan Foundation. Snow cover in the pictures made it hard to say the section had definitely collapsed.

The bodies of four climbers have been found inside a tent in the highest camp on Mount Everest.

Kumar, 27, is said to have died after becoming ill upon reaching the summit on Saturday and apparently falling 650 feet while Strba is believed to have died after reaching 27,500 feet above sea level in the so-called death zone on the Nepali side of the mountain.

A famous rocky outcrop near the summit of Mount Everest has collapsed, damaging the chances of the next generation of climbers hoping to reach the top of the world's highest peak.

Mountaineers claim that the snow-covered slope will be much easier to climb than the notorious vertical rock-face, but loose rocks could also make it hard and time consuming.


"However, it's going to form a bottleneck".

Another climber, Pasang Tenzing Sherpa, said confusion might have come about because mountaineers marking a new route to the summit had approached it from another side, "from where the Hillary Step can not be seen".

The famous Hillary Step - the last great challenge before the top of Mount Everest - has collapsed, potentially making scaling the peak more risky.

According to the conqueror of mountains, last year he was not able to check the condition of the steps because she was covered with a thick layer of snow, but this year he saw only rubble in its place. Mosedale added that in the current state, it would be hard to safely go down from the peak of Mt. Everest.


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