Annapurna – Himalayas, Nepal – Risky for climbers
„Annapurna takes life” – wrote in the diary Mingma Sherpa, conqueror of the Himalayan Crown and Karakoram. „To climb this mountain, you need perseverance – and happiness.” Before the start, the expedition leader once again looked deeply into the eyes of each member of his team. Everyone knew well that there are nine higher peaks than rising 8091 meters above sea level Annapurna. But none of them killed so many daredevils – statistically every fourth climber never returns from it.To this day more than 60 people have lost their lives there, and the bodies of many of them lie frozen somewhere in rocky cracks or under the snow. Extracting them is too risky.
For comparison: on the much more frequented Mount Everest mortality is only 4%. There is a reason why climbers call Annapurna the mountain of death. On the 2.6 km steep southern wall, there are avalanches – apart from altitude sickness, loss of orientation and freezing. Also for the 13-man expedition led by Mingma Sherpa. This eight-thousander turned out to be unlucky: although they all reached the top, but two of its members died on the way back. In the dark of night they fell into the abyss …
Annapurna is dangerous not only when climbing.
In October 2014, at least 43 people died during snowstorms and avalanches in the area. Including many himalaists. It was the most tragic accident in history of Nepal.