Kathmandu: The large number of deaths of climbers on Mount Everest this season is not only due to the "traffic jam" at & # 39; the world's highest peak, the Nepalese government claimed Thursday, citing factors such as altitude sickness, other health reasons and bad weather .
The number of deaths on Mt Everest was set to 11 by the international media, making it the deadliest season since 2015. The Nepalese Tourism Ministry maintained the death toll at 9.
Four Indians died on the 8,848-meter high Mt Everest and two died each on Mt. Kangchenjunga and Mt. Makalu brings the total death toll of Indian climbers in the Himalayas to 8.
"Our attention has been drawn to the misinformation about deaths on Mt Everest transmitted by national and international media," said Dandu Raj Ghimire, Director General of the Department of Tourism (DoT), adding that "traffic jam" does not result in death had .
A & # 39; congestion & # 39; occurs when many climbers compete at the same time and are especially dangerous above the 8,000 meters known as the & # 39; death zone & # 39 ;.
The DoT statement came at a time when it received immense criticism for granting too many permits to scale & # 39; the world's highest peak while ignoring climbers' safety, The Himalayan Times reports.
According to Ghimire, the post-mortem reports of deceased climbers have shown that they died due to illness, weakness or bad weather at high altitudes.
In the statement, the DoT stated that it had issued 366 shipping permits in 2017 and 346 shipping permits in 2018 – not a huge difference compared to 381 permits issued this year for the highest peak.
"So it is not true that congestion killed mountain climbers on Mt Everest and we urge everyone not to be misled by false information," the statement added.
Ghimire also expressed dissatisfaction with the dissemination of such "wrong" information in the international media.
"Such & fake news affects our image and affects our mountain sports sector, so everyone should think again before passing on such misleading messages on an international platform," he added.
More than 200 mountain climbers have died on the peak since 1922, when the first deaths of the climbers were recorded on Mount Everest.
The majority of bodies are believed to be buried under glaciers or snow.
Five people died on Mt Everest in 2018.
In 2016 and 2017, & # 39; claimed the world's highest peak lives of six and five climbers respectively.
In 2015, quake-triggered avalanches killed 20 climbers.
Hundreds of climbers flock to Nepal every year – home to some of the world's highest mountains, to scale up the Himalayan peaks during the spring season that starts around March and ends in June.
According to the Nepalese tourism ministry, more than 4,400 people have scraped the top since Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay first conquered the mountain in 1953.
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