Graveyard Shift

The Dark Stories Behind The Bodies Left On Mount Everest

According to some estimates, Mount Everest is home to over 250 bodies and is sometimes referred to as the world's largest open-air graveyard. While most Mount Everest deaths occur due to avalanches, falls, and exposure, an area known as the "Death Zone" is especially treacherous and is a nearly impossible area to retrieve bodies from.

The Death Zone is commonly known as the area above 26,000 feet. When the human body enters this altitude, it slowly starts to shut down. Climbers must race against the clock to reach Everest's peak and descend back out of the Death Zone before their bodies fail them. Due to unbearable weather conditions, many of Everest's victims cannot be retrieved and are left exactly where they died. Below are some of the most famous stories of those left behind.