Rainbow Valley Everest - The Death Zone - Everester (2023)

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  1. Where Is The Rainbow Valley Everest?
    1. Why Do Bodies Keep Piling Up In The Rainbow Valley Everest?
  2. Why Are Dead Bodies Never Removed?
  3. Why People Die In The Rainbow Valley Everest?
  4. Base Camp Stories
    1. Green Boots
    2. Sleeping Beauty
    3. Hannelore Schmatz

Since Mount Everest was confirmed to be the highest peak in the world, mountain climbers from all over the globe dreamed of summiting it. Summiting the highest mountain of the world sounds very daring and something every high-altitude climber’s ultimate wishes to achieve at least once in their lifetime, but there is a dark side of Mt Everest that is often overlooked.

‘Rainbow Valley Everest’ is not exactly a beautiful valley on Mt. Everest as you might have guessed from the name. It is a region on Mt. Everest that is approximately 8000 meters high and stretched with bodies of mountain climbers who failed to complete their expedition safely. Some of these dead bodies have been lying on Mt. Everest for even decades as recovering the bodies is a very expensive and life-threatening job.

The name ‘Rainbow Valley Everest’ has a rainbow in it because of the colorful jackets these bodies are covered with. High-altitude climbers come across these rainbow-colored dead bodies when they summit Everest in the region that is difficult to survive. There are not only dead bodies in the Rainbow Valley Everest, all sorts of garbage and equipment that belonged to once alive climbers also lie on Everest.

It includes dumped tents, cans, oxygen tanks, bags, and many other supplies. The Rainbow valley Everest is fairly difficult to cross and many climbers give up mid-way in fear of losing their lives. Some manage to ascend or descend from it. Very few lose their lives every year in the Rainbow valley Everest due to several reasons. The Rainbow valley Everest is also called the ‘death zone’ because the area has the highest death rate of any other part of the mountain.

The Rainbow valley Everest also gets very steep at some places. When climbers come across bodies on the route, they push them across to make way and the bodies lie on the sides as a reminder of how the smallest mistakes can take away lives. During the ascend on the death zone, the climbers are reminded by the bodies to stay focused and alert at all times.

The bodies on the death zone trail were pushed across the route to make way. This led to the creation of an eventual graveyard for the bodies that lay in the Rainbow valley of Everest. Send flowers online worldwide through reputable websites.

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So, let’s dive into why is the Rainbow valley Everest so dangerous and how people lost lives during the ascent or descent from the valley.

Where Is The Rainbow Valley Everest?

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The death zone refers to Mt Everest’s peak that is above 8000m. More than 200 climbers have died in the death zone due to extreme weather, avalanches, and exhaustion from continuous climbing.

The oxygen level in the Rainbow valley Everest is one-third of that on sea level. Breathing in an air that has low oxygen while climbing in harsh weather can exhaust a climber that might lead to climbers making mistakes when they cannot think rationally due to the environment of the death zone.

Therefore, most climbers carry supplementary oxygen tanks with them and use them, especially while in the death zone to avoid altitude sickness and avoid stressing the lungs. The bottleneck of Mt. Everest is an approximately 6 hours steep climb to the summit that is one of the hardest parts of this journey.

The group of climbers begins climbing in a queue as you may have seen in some pictures. In peak seasons when the weather is wildly dangerous, the mountain climbers have to stick through when climbing to the peak for additional hours.

Why Do Bodies Keep Piling Up In The Rainbow Valley Everest?

Most death casualties that occur on Mt Everest happen in the death zone or the Rainbow valley Everest. The level of oxygen is very scarce and a short oxygen supply is one of the most common reasons for health problems and death among climbers. Additionally, the ascend and descend to the summit is very narrow.

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One mistake that leads to a fall can kill a climber on the spot. With no medical team and days of journey to the base camp, mountaineers seldom survive with severe injuries and die within the Rainbow valley Everest region. Anyone who dies on Everest is preserved on Everest forever so the bodies keep piling up unless removed.

Dead bodies on Everest don’t lie very beautifully and proudly either, the extreme weather drifts them, and they are pushed and walked upon by climbers. A recent climber expressed how he felt about a body on Everest as ‘a man who was wrapped like a mummy’. Since the expedition to Mt. Everest started in 1922, more than 200 climbers have died in the death zone.

The avalanches in the death zone are among one of the most common reasons for death in the Rainbow valley Everest. As the extreme weather, avalanches, and exhaustion keep killing climbers in the Rainbow valley Everest, more and more bodies keep piling up, adding more color to the region.

Why Are Dead Bodies Never Removed?

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Dead bodies are never removed because climbing Everest alone is a pretty difficult task. Carrying a body all the way down is extremely risky and might also result in the death of the rescuer. None of the climbers dare to do that for a body however, they may slide or move a body away from a particular spot, no one carries the body down for free. To get a body rescued from Everest, people spend 70,000 to 200,000 USD where a group of rescuers search for the body and carry it down. Because helicopters cannot go to the death zone as their highest limit is reached at 8000m, the Sherpas (local guides) or the rescue team have to climb and search for the bodies.

Most people who have insurance are searched for days when they get lost on Mt. Everest and don’t return. Some insurance policies also cover retrieving the body along with rescue in case a mountain climber did not return as arranged. In that case, a helicopter and expert team dispatch and start the search operation.

Because it is highly expensive to retrieve a body, only the bodies of those people who have insurance or rich family members are removed from Everest. In 2019, the Indian government paid approximately $200,000 to recover the body of an expert Indian climber, Dipankar Ghosh, along with 3 other climbers. So, there must be someone willing to pay for the rescue of a body to be removed from Mt. Everest.

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Why People Die In The Rainbow Valley Everest?

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Mount Everest’s death zone or Rainbow Valley Everest is a tough place. The oxygen is thin, the trek and climbing the bottleneck is tiring, the weather conditions are harsh with blizzards, and strong wind. All of these factors challenge the ability of a mountain climber to stay rational, active, and healthy. The majority of deaths that occurred in Everest’s Rainbow valley Everest occurred due to avalanches that troubled the climbers. The other factors that lead to deaths were acute mountain disease, fall, and exhaustion. However, over the years, the death rate has decreased. The current death rate of deaths is 1% only because of the proper training of these climbers.

The Nepalese government has also set some strict rules in deciding who is allowed to climb Everest, which shortlists only the expert high-altitude climbers. Since 1924, when the expedition to Mt. Everest first began, approximately 5000 climbers have summited the mountain and 305 died in the process until 2021.

One mountain climber explained how it feels to be above 8000m in the air and what is ‘summit fever’ exactly. Summit fever takes away the climber’s ability to make a rational decision. Because of exhaustion and the weather, the climbers find themselves in tough spots on whether or not to continue the journey. Poor decisions can end in a mountain climber struggling to go ahead when they are drained of energy it becomes nearly impossible for them to be able to come back.

It is also very important to travel with a group or a Sherpa to make sure that you are with experts. The mountains, temperature, height, and white mountains that look so beautiful in photos can start to haunt you if you get lost, catch mountain sickness, or get minor injuries.

Base Camp Stories

Some stories of people who die on Everest are famous among climbers as they are precautionary tales that warn them. These stories were told at the base camp and are also well-known now to a wider audience as they were shared by climbers on the internet.

The fellow climbers are always telling other climbers legendary stories of people who climbed the mountain with hardships as a way to impart knowledge and warn about the dangers that lie ahead when they leave the base camps and start ascending. The three most famous base camp stories are Sleeping Beauty Everest, Green Boots, and Hannelore Schmatz.

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Green Boots

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Green boots is a famous base camp story about a body on Everest that also serves as a landmark that guides the climbers and has also reached cult status. It is believed that the body is of an Indian climber, Tsewang Paljor, who went missing in 1996 along with a team whose bodies were never spotted. The Green Boots body lies in a small cave near the summit with green boots visible from far away, hence the name Green Boots.

Sleeping Beauty

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Francys Arsentiev went on the Everest expedition with her husband in 1998. The couple wanted to reach the summit without supplemental oxygen. They did succeed in reaching the summit but on their way down, something horrible occurred that led to injuring Francys Arsentiev. Her husband reached the camp and waited for Francys, who was lost. After a few hours of waiting, he went on to look for her. Sadly, Sergei Arsentiev fell and died looking for her.

Francys Arsentiev was found by other climbers during the climb who stated she was suffering from frostbite, had some injuries, and struggling to breathe in thin oxygen. She stayed alive for 3 days and passed away lying in the same spot. Later, a mountain climber described her body as a ‘sleeping beauty’ lying on Everest. The story became famous and was told as a precautionary tale that summiting Everest without supplemental oxygen is indeed very dangerous.

Hannelore Schmatz

A German Climber Hannelore Schmatz became the first woman to die on Mt Everest. In 1979, Hannelore Schmatz, along with a group of six other climbers and five Sherpas went on to summit Everest. Although they made their way to the top, they got stuck during the descent. Others reached the base camp successfully but Hannelore and American climber Ray Genet could not make it back to the base camp.

During the descent, the team was stuck in the death zone during the snowstorm and had to spend the night in the death zone. During the night, Ray Genet passed away due to hypothermia. Hannelore and a Sherpa guide had survived the night but were exhausted from the extreme cold and tiredness, on their descent, Hannelore fell on her back and died.

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Almost 8000m high in the air, Hannelore Schmatz’s body remained preserved in the ice and was seen by the climbers who passed by. Her eyes remained open and her hair flying in the air. Strong winds drifted her away but her body still lies in the Rainbow Valley Everest. In 1984, a policeman Yogendra Bahadur Thapa with his team, led an expedition to recover her body, unfortunately, the Nepalese police expedition failed when Yogendra Bahadur Thapa fell to his death.

The story is famous and told as a precautionary tale that exhaustion can do the worst to you on Everest. It takes away your ability to make rational decisions to a point where you might fall and die becoming another body in the Rainbow Valley Everest.


How long can you survive in death zone Everest? ›

"People are advised not to stay in the death zone for more than 16 to 20 hours", media said; Shorter stays can also be deadly. Most of the 200+ climbers who have died on Mount Everest have died in the death zone.

How many bodies are in the death zone on Mount Everest? ›

There are thought to be over 200 bodies left on Mount Everest. No one is entirely sure how many or exactly where many are because of the horrific and unrelenting conditions. That means two-thirds of the people that died on Everest are still there.

What is the death zone of Everest? ›

Edouard Wyss-Dunant, a doctor who led the 1952 Swiss Mount Everest Expedition, which set the official record for the highest ascent ever made at the time, was the first to coin the term, calling the point above 8,000 metres the “lethal zone.”

How do you survive the death zone on Mount Everest? ›

Mountaineers use supplemental oxygen in the death zone to reduce deleterious effects. An open-circuit oxygen apparatus was first tested on the 1922 and 1924 British Mount Everest expeditions; the bottled oxygen taken in 1921 was not used (see George Finch and Noel Odell).

What kills most people on Everest? ›

Since 1953, when the first men reached the summit, more than 300 climbers have died on their way to the top of the world's tallest mountain. A third of these succumbed to the deadly lack of oxygen.

Can you sleep on Everest? ›

Our award winning team have been granted permits to sleep in Everest Base Camp even though, traditionally, only teams with expedition permits have been allowed to sleep there. Sleeping at Everest Base Camp is one of the more unique adventure treks out there.

Who is the hanging body on Everest? ›

Green Boots is the name given to the unidentified body of a climber that became a landmark on the main Northeast ridge route of Mount Everest. The body has not been officially identified, but he is believed to be Tsewang Paljor, an Indian climber who died on Everest in 1996.

Why aren't bodies removed from Everest? ›

When people die on Everest, it can be difficult to remove their bodies. Final repatriation costs tens of thousands of dollars (in some cases, around $70,000) and can also come at a fatal price itself: two Nepalese climbers died trying to recover a body from Everest in 1984.

Who is Sleeping Beauty on Everest? ›

Francys Arsentiev, an American mountain climber who passed away on Mount Everest in 1998, was also known as the mountain's Sleeping Beauty. She succeeded in ascending the highest mountain in the world, but she passed away on the way back to the base camp.

Why is it called the death zone? ›

The "Death Zone" is a region near the top of world's tallest mountains that earns the name because humans aren't meant to survive there.

Is Everest scary? ›

A Word of Warning. Some parts of Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain may be scary for children. This attraction features loud noises, fast drops, high speeds, dark places and frightening creature effects.

What is the biggest killer on Mount Everest? ›

Most fatalities on Everest this year were due to acute mountain sickness (AMS), or exhaustion, one of the main effects of AMS. Breathing becomes difficult because the body isn't able to take in as much oxygen. Other symptoms include nausea and vomiting, headaches, dizziness and shortness of breath.

What happens to your body in the death zone? ›

In the death zone, climbers' brains and lungs are starved for oxygen, their risk of heart attack and stroke is increased, and their judgment quickly becomes impaired. "Your body is breaking down and essentially dying," Shaunna Burke, a climber who summited Everest in 2005, told Business Insider.

What happens to your body when you climb Everest? ›

Climbers can have a range of symptoms, from extreme fatigue and shallow breathing to dizziness and coughing up blood. The lack of oxygen to the brain, called hypoxia, can cause people to make poor, rash and sometimes deadly decisions in the confusing landscape.

Can I climb Everest with no experience? ›

You need experience, experience, experience: having attempted the Seven Summits isn't sufficient training for this kind of mountaineering. But beyond high-altitude climbing experience, you also need good footwork, good self-management and understanding of when you might need to turn back.

What is the biggest disaster on Everest? ›

The 1996 Mount Everest disaster occurred on 10–11 May 1996 when eight climbers caught in a blizzard died on Mount Everest while attempting to descend from the summit.
1996 Mount Everest disaster.
The summit of Mount Everest
Date10 May 1996 – 11 May 1996
LocationMount Everest Altitude 8,849 metres (29,032 ft)
Coordinates27°59′17″N 86°55′30″E
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What was the deadliest day on Everest? ›

April 25, 2015 was one of Mount Everest's deadliest days. A 7.8-magnitude earthquake left 19 people dead at Everest's base and nearly 9,000 people dead across Nepal. It was the worst earthquake in the country's history in 80 years. Fort Collins author and climber Jim Davidson was on Everest that day.

How often do sherpas died on Everest? ›

In more than a hundred years of Everest expeditions, a total of 312 people have died on Everest: 99 of those – or one-third of the total deaths – were Sherpas.

Can you shower on Everest? ›

Yes, they are.

There are plenty of places where you can shower on the trek. The only issue with this is that sometimes the water isn't hot. All of the showers available on the Everest Base Camp trek are heated by solar power so if it's been a cloudy day or for a couple of days you're not going to get any hot water.

Can you go to Everest alone? ›

Foreign solo climbers will need to be accompanied by a guide while climbing Mount Everest. “The mountaineering regulation has been amended to improve safety of the climbers and has delegated more power to the Department of Tourism to function independently,” Tourism Secretary Maheshwar Neupane told the Kathmandu Post.

Is there WIFI at Everest Base Camp? ›

Everest Link, founded in late 2014, is the culmination of his efforts to bring connectivity to his home valley. It provides fixed-wireless access by establishing 36 towers at high points all the way up the Khumbu Valley, allowing for line of sight wireless transmissions to base camp.

Can a helicopter fly to the top of Mount Everest? ›

To answer the question simply, yes, a helicopter can fly to the top of Mount Everest. A helicopter-based summit to the top of Everest has been successful as well. In 2005, Didier DelSalle flew to the top of Mount Everest.

How much money is it to climb Mount Everest? ›

Taking a trek up Everest in 2022 will cost you anywhere from $30,000 to $160,000, with the average falling somewhere around $45,000.

Who has climbed Everest without oxygen? ›

Reinhold Andreas Messner (German pronunciation: [ˈʁaɪnhɔlt ˈmɛsnɐ]; born 17 September 1944) is an Italian mountaineer, explorer, and author from South Tyrol. He made the first solo ascent of Mount Everest and, along with Peter Habeler, the first ascent of Everest without supplemental oxygen.

How old was Green Boots when died? ›

How much does it cost to rescue someone on Everest? ›

These evacuations can cost as much as $40,000 each, depending on how many trekkers are on board, and insurance companies are often stuck with the bill.

Which mountain has the most deaths? ›

Annapurna I (Nepal)

The deadliest mountain in the world is a specific ascent of Annapurna, another peak in the Himalayas. The route is so deadly because of an extremely steep face. Astonishingly, 58 people have died from just 158 attempts. It has the greatest fatality rate of any ascent in the world.

Who is the loneliest mountaineer on Everest? ›

Only one backpack appears, and it belongs to Jost Kobusch, a German who right now might best be described as the loneliest Alpine climber in the world. Kobusch is on Mount Everest, in the dead of winter, attempting to climb the world's tallest mountain during a season when almost nobody dares to scale it.

Who is the queen of Everest? ›

Lhakpa Sherpa has climbed Mount Everest 10 times, the most ascents ever by a woman. She has no plans of slowing down.

Do planes fly over Mt. Everest? ›

Tim Morgan, a commercial pilot writing for Quora says aircraft can fly above 40,000 feet, and hence it is possible to fly over Mount Everest which stands at 29,031.69 feet. However, typical flight routes do not travel above Mount Everest as the mountains create unforgiving weather.

How long can you breathe on Mount Everest? ›

On the peak of Everest, it can take minutes just to catch your breath. That's because, at an elevation of 8,848 meters (29,029 feet), each breath contains one-third of the oxygen found at sea level.

Who spent the longest time in the death zone? ›

"I don't know," Gyalje said during an interview in Vancouver, when asked why he went back up from the highest camp to rescue two other climbers, ultimately spending an astonishing 90 hours in altitudes above 8,000 metres, in what's known as the "death zone" due to the lack of oxygen. "I was lucky on K2, you know.

What was the most fatal year on Everest? ›

In 1996, 12 people died trying to reach the summit, the most in a single year to that date. The number reflects the large number of climbers that year rather than a spike in the death rate: before 1996, one in four climbers died making the ascent, while in 1996, one in seven died.

Why can't they get bodies off Everest? ›

When someone dies on Everest, especially in the death zone, it is almost impossible to retrieve the body. The weather conditions, the terrain, and the lack of oxygen makes it difficult to get to the bodies. Even if they can be found, they are usually stuck to the ground, frozen in place.


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