Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world, at 8,848 meters (29,029 ft). It is also one of the most favorite peaks for mountaineers, and nature lovers who have the taste of adventure. 5656 people have completed a journey to the peak of the mountain and back to the starting point.
However, it is also home to between 200 and 300 dead bodies, or even more. Hundreds of people have died attempting to reach the summit. As of 2012, the mountain has claimed the lives of over 200 people.
One of the most famous Mount Everest deaths is the “green boots”. The body of “Green Boots,” is believed to be an Indian climber named Tsewang Paljor who died in 1996. Paljor was an Indo-Tibetan border policeman from a small village called Sakti.
“Green Boots”, is one of the most famous markers on Everest. For around 2 decades, the body of “Green Boots” has served as a trail marker for climbers. Lying on his side, his red fleece up around his face, and his arms firmly wrapped around his torso and legs stretched into the path, showing his green boots.
“I would say that really everybody, especially those climbing on the north side, knows about Green Boots or has read about Green Boots or has heard somebody else talking about Green Boots,” says Noel Hanna, an adventurer who has summited Everest seven times. “About 80% of people also take a rest at the shelter where Green Boots is, and it’s hard to miss the person lying there.”
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What happened to Green Boots?
“It is difficult to know for sure what really happens during a climbing disaster among teams of ambitious people at 8,000m in howling winds and in a state of hypoxia, dehydration and exhaustion,” Michael Elmes, a professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts told BBC.
According to reports, Paljor, alias Green booths, and two of his comrades, Tsewang Smanla and Dorje Morup, had either overlooked or did not notice the signal from the deputy team leader Harbhajan Singh to turn back when they were approaching the summit. While the team leader had sensed impending danger the rest of his team pressed on.
“It is clear that the stake [the mountaineer] risks to lose is a great one with him: it is a matter of life and death…. To win the game he has first to reach the mountain’s summit – but, further, he has to descend in safety. The more difficult the way and the more numerous the dangers, the greater is his victory.”
– George Mallory, 1924