Climbing Mount Everest is one of the most challenging feats a person can take on. Those who attempt the summit face dangerous conditions, extreme cold, and lack of access to emergency crews - not to mention exhaustion. It's not surprising that there are so many fatal Mount Everest stories, or that the slopes of the peak are littered with dead bodies. Though the mountain has claimed hundreds of lives, no expedition in the 20th century was deadlier than the fatal 1996 Mount Everest climb.
On May 10 and 11, 1996, eight climbers lost their lives on the mountain. Some were seasoned athletes who had completed this trek before; others had never attempted a climb of this magnitude. None could have anticipated what it's like to die on Mount Everest, and the mountain would not see a more catastrophic loss of life until April 2014.
You know the story: it's the true inspiration behind Jon Krakauer's bestseller Into Thin Air. But what you likely don't know is how terrifying that climb really was. These facts about the 1996 Mount Everest disaster will chill you to the bone, almost as much as the Himalayan mountain's icy peaks.
More Novices Were Attempting The Climb
Four Separate Groups Tried To Reach The Summit
Climbers Paid Nearly $60,000 To Make It To The TopPhoto: Caters Clips / via YouTube
Some People Treated The Expedition Like A Vacation
Disastrous Delays Happened From The Start
The Guides Pressed On Despite Waning Daylight