Dead body on Mount Everest. The body has turned to leather under the harsh sun and dry dessicated conditions. This clip is shown with due respects to the mountaineer, out of a personal desire to see something done about this terrible personal and ongoing human tragedy where dead mountaineers are not brought down from the peak, due to the many limitations. A body is so heavy that a single porter cannot possibly lift and bring it down, so most dead bodies are consigned to a deep crevasse and given what is called a 'glacial burial'.
Since a human body is too heavy to carry back to Base Camp, bodies are either abandoned in the open or given a glacial burial by being released into a crevasse, in a sleeping bag or sack.
Located in the Himalayas Mount Everest is the world's highest mountain above sea level at 8,848 metres (29,029 ft). At the higher regions of Mount Everest, climbers seeking the summit typically spend substantial time within the "death zone" (altitudes higher than 8,000 m/26,246 ft), and face significant challenges to survival. Temperatures can dip to very low levels, resulting in frostbite of any body part exposed to the air. Since temperatures are so low, snow is well-frozen in certain areas and death or injury by slipping and falling can occur.
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