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In honor of all those who weren't able to make it to the summit, here's a list of people who died during their quest to reach the top of Mt. Everest. Mount Everest is the highest mountain on earth and many mountain climbers have died attempting the climb; hoping to stand on top of the world. At 8,848m, Mount Everest is the tallest mountain of the world's fourteen 8,000m peaks and a killer for fatal mountain climbing attempts. Till now there have been 1,924 ascents of Mount Everest and around 179 mountaineers have died in these killer peaks. A blind man has stood on the summit; snowboarders have dared direct descents down her steepest slopes. With all these mountaineering adventures, surprisingly, the death toll of mountain climbers has decreased over the years.

George Mallory Died at 38 (1886-1924) Disappeared; body found in 1999; evidence suggests Mallory died from being accidentally struck by his ice axe following a fall. 1924, age 37, from the United Kingdom.
George Herbert Leigh Mallory was an English mountaineer who took part in the first three British expeditions to Mount Everest in the early 1920s. During the 1924 British Mount Everest ...more

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Babu Chiri Sherpa Died at 36 (1965-2001) Fall, 2001, age 35, from Napal.
Babu Chiri Sherpa was a Sherpa mountaineer from Nepal. He was a legendary guide who reached the summit of Mount Everest ten times. He held 2 world records on Everest. He spent 21 hours on the ...more

David Sharp Died at 34 (1972-2006) Exposure and exhaustion, 2006, age 34, from the United Kingdom. His death caused a controversy, because many climbers saw that he was dying and refused to help him, because they were in such a hurry to get to the summit.
David Sharp was an English mountaineer and Cho Oyu summiter who died near the summit of Mount Everest. His death caused controversy and debate, because he was passed by a number of other ...more

Peter Boardman Died at 32 (1950-1982) Cause of death unknown, 1982, age 31, from the United Kingdom.
Peter Boardman was a British mountaineer and author. He is best known for a series of bold and lightweight expeditions to the Himalayas, often in partnership with Joe Tasker, and for his ...more

Scott Fischer Died at 41 (1955-1996) High Altitude Cerebral Odema, exhaustion, frostbite, and exposure, 1996, age 40, from the United States.
Scott E. Fischer was an American climber and guide, and the first American to summit 27,940-foot Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world.

Rob Hall Died at 35 (1961-1996) Exposure, 1996, age 35, from New Zealand.
Robert Edwin Hall MBE was a New Zealand mountaineer best known for being head guide of a 1996 Mount Everest expedition in which he, a fellow guide, and two clients perished. A best-selling ...more

Andrew Irvine Died at 22 (1902-1924) Body disappeared; never found. Cause of death unknown. 1924, age 22, from the United Kingdom.
Andrew "Sandy" Comyn Irvine was an English mountaineer who took part in the 1924 British Everest Expedition, the third British expedition to the world's highest mountain, Mount ...more

Francys Arsentiev Died at 40 (1958-1998) Exposure and cerebral oedema, 1998, age 40, from the United States. Got separated fromher husband, Sergei, and went looking for him. They both died.
Francys Arsentiev became the first woman from the United States to reach the summit of Mount Everest without the aid of bottled oxygen, on May 22, 1998. She then died during the descent.

Maurice Wilson Died at 36 (1898-1934) Body found 1935; cause of death possibly exhaustion, exposure or starvation. 1934, age 36, from the United Kingdom.
Maurice Wilson MC was a British soldier, mystic, mountaineer and aviator who is known for his ill-fated attempt to climb Mount Everest alone in 1934. Often characterised as ...more

Joe Tasker Died at 34 (1948-1982) Disappearance, 1982, age 33, from the United Kingdom.
Joe Tasker was one of the most talented British climbers during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Born into a traditional Roman Catholic family, he was one of ten children and spent his early ...more

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Died at 22 (1961-1983) Disappeared, 1993, from Nepal.
Pasang Lhamu Sherpa was the first Nepalese woman to climb the summit of Mount Everest. She was born into a mountaineering family and was involved in climbing from her teens. She had successfully ...more

Hristo Prodanov Died at 41 (1943-1984) Disappeared on the way down the mountain, 1984, age 40, from Bulgaria.
Hristo Prodanov was a Bulgarian mountaineer. He was the first Bulgarian to climb Mount Everest. He did this through the more difficult west side and without oxygen and alone. He is the first to ...more

Yasuko Namba Died at 47 (1949-1996) Exposure, 1996, age 47, from Japan.
Yasuko Namba was famous in her native Japan for becoming the second Japanese woman to reach all of the Seven Summits including Everest, where she died. Namba worked as a businesswoman for ...more

Ray Genet Died at 48 (1931-1979) Exposure and exhaustion, 1979, age 48, from the United States.
Ray Genet, often referred to by the nickname Pirate, was an accomplished mountaineer whose many distinctions included having been the first guide on Mount McKinley in Alaska - the highest ...more

Vitor Negrete Died at 39 (1967-2006) Exposure and exhaustion, 2006, age 38, from Brazil.
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Andy Harris age 45 1011 May 1996 Andrew "Andy" Harris is an English former professional footballer who made 40 appearances in the Football League playing for Birmingham City, Oxford United and Exeter City. He played ...more

Mark Jennings Exhaustion, 1998, from the United Kingdom.

Lobsang Tshering Bhutia Fall, 1993, age 43, from Nepal. Bhutia was participating in the 40th anniversary of Tenzing Norgay's climb.
Lopsang Tshering Bhutia was a Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer who died on Mount Everest. He was a nephew of Tenzing Norgay who was the first person to climb Mount Everest in 1953 along with Sir ...more

Jozef Psotka Died at 50 (1934-1984) Fall, 1984, age 50, from Czechoslovakia.
Jozef Psotka, was a Slovak mountaineer, at that time the oldest person in the world who reached the summit of Mount Everest without oxygen.

Tony Tighe age 88 Crushed under serac, 1972, from Australia
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Marko Lihteneker Died at 46 (1959-2005) Cause of death unknown, 2005, age 45, from Slovenia.
Marko Lihteneker was a Slovenian ski mountaineer and mountain climber. Lihteneker, at this time member of the GRS Celje took part in the 2004 World Championship of Ski Mountaineering in Aran ...more

Dimitar Ilievski - Murato Died at 36 (1953-1989) Fall, 1989, Yugoslavia.
Dimitar Ilievski - Murato was an alpinist from the Republic of Macedonia representing SFR Yugoslavia, the first Macedonian ever to climb the highest peak of the world, Mount Everest. He died on ...more

Andrzej Heinrich Died at 52 (1937-1989) Zygmunt Andrzej Heinrich was a famous Polish mountaineer. He died in an avalanche on the NW slopes of Mount Everest in 1989.

Marty Hoey Died at 31 (1951-1982) Fall, 1982, age 30, from the United States.
Marty Hoey was a mountaineer who took part in the 1982 expedition to Mount Everest. During an attempted ascent that would have made her the first American woman to summit Everest, she plunged ...more

Hannelore Schmatz Died at 39 (1940-1979) Exposure, exhaustion, 1979, age 39, from Germany. Her body remained on the trail for several years before being swept over the side of the Kangshung Face. Attempts were made to rescue her body after death, but those who tried to secure her remains ultimately lost their lives as well.
Hannelore Schmatz was a German mountaineer. She collapsed and died on October 2, 1979 as she was returning from successfully summiting Mount Everest via the southern route, the first woman and ...more

Thomas Weber age 65 Altitude sickness, 2006, from Germany.

Dorje Morup Died at 48 (1948-1996) Exposure, 1996, age 47, from India.
Dorje Morup was a member of the First Indian team to reach the summit of Mount Everest from the North Col. Morup was one among three Indians who died on the mountain during the 1996 Mount ...more

Tomas Olsson Died at 30 (1976-2006) Fall, 2006, age 30, from Sweden.
Tomas Olsson was a Swedish adventurer and ski mountaineer who attempted to be the first to make a complete ski descent from the summit of Mount Everest down the Norton Couloir, with partner ...more

Mick Burke Disappeared, 1975, age 34, from the United Kingdom.
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Wang Ji Mountain sickness, 1960, from China.
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Shinichi Ishii Avalanche, 1985, from Japan.

Dieter Kramer Exposure, 2005, from India.

Lee Hyun-jo Cause of death unknown, 2007, age 34, from South Korea.

Uwe Gianni Goltz Exhaustion, 2008, age 44, from Switzerland.

John Delaney Died at 42 (1969-2011) Altitude sickness, 2011, age 42, from Ireland.
John Delaney was an Irish businessman and the CEO of the trading exchange website Intrade from 2003 until 2011. Delaney died at the age of 42 while attempting to climb Mount Everest—a lifelong ...more

Peter Kinloch Died at 29 (1981-2010) Exhaustion, 2010, age 28, from the United Kingdom.

Shailendra Kumar Upadhyaya Died at 82 (1929-2011) Altitude sickness, 2011, age 82, from Nepal. Upadhyaya was attempting to become the oldest person to climb Mt. Everest before his untimely death.
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Tsewang Paljor Exposure, 1996, age 28, from India.

Zoran Miletic Cause of death unknown, 2002, from Yugoslavia.

Tuk Bahadur Thapa Magar Sherpa Altitude, 2006, from Nepal.

Ang Phinjo Sherpa Avalanche, 2006, age 50, from Nepal.

Pascal Debrouwer Exposure, 1999, from Belgium.

Lhakpa Tseri Avalanche, 2006, from Nepal.

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Dawa Temba Avalanche, 2006, from Nepal.

Nikolai Shevtchenko Disappeared, 1997, from Russia.

Jacques-Hugues Letrange Exhaustion, 2006, from France.

Tadeusz Kudelski Fall, 1999, age 44, from Poland.

Srikrishna Fall, 2006, from India.

Michael Matthews Unknown cause of death, 1999, age 23, from the United Kingdom.

Jeppe Stoltz Fall, 2000, from Denmark.