Pictures of Dead Bodies Left Behind on Mt. Everest

George Mallory (Cause of death: Fall/Head Trauma)

George was among the first climbers to attempt to climb Mt. Everest. His climb (and subsequent death) occurred in 1924. His body was not found and identified until 1999. He may have been the first person to summit the mountain. Whether he reached the top or not remains a much debated and researched issue.

Names of the dead unknown. These are several bodies at the bottom of a dangerous cliff.Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find much information about them.

(Francys Astentiev) (Cause of death: Exposure/Cerebral Edema)

Francys was climbing with her husband in 1998 when they became separated. They attempted to search for each other, but were unable to reunite. Two climbers found Francys while she was still alive. She begged them to not leave her, but they could not stay. Francys and her husband Sergei both died on the mountain. (He was found a year later. Apparently, he died after a fall)

Francys Asteniev Again

The two climbers were so overcome with guilt over having left Francys that they vowed to return to Everest to give her a more dignified resting place. The were able to return in 2007, 9 years after her passing.

She was wrapped in an American flag, and pushed out of view of other climbers.

Francys was the first American woman to summit Mt. Everest without the use of bottled oxygen.

Hannelore Schmatz (Cause of death: Exposure/Exhaustion)

Hannelore is a German climber who died from exposure and exhaustion in 1979. She was the first woman to die on Mt. Everest.

It is believed she stopped to rest and leaned up against her back pack, leaving the body propped in this unusual way.

It seems common for the deaths on Everest to occur during a rest or nap. The person falls asleep and never wakes up.

Tsewang Paljor (Cause of death: Exposure)

Tsewang died during the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. While descending from the summit, he was trapped in a blizzard, and died due to exposure. He is believed to be the body known as “Green Boots” which is probably the most well known body on Everest.

Green Boots

Green Boots has been apparently moved since his death. Perhaps in an attempt to move the body further out of the path of climbers.

Regardless, he remains a landmark used by climbers to gauge their distance to the summit.

Marko Lihteneker (Cause of death: Exposure/Exhaustion)

This guy was a Slovenian who died during his descent in 2005. He was last seen having problems with his oxygen mask. His body is 8,800m from the bottom.

David Sharp (Cause of death: Exposure/Exhaustion)

David was a British climber who stopped to rest near “Green Boots” in 2006.

He froze in place and was unable to continue his climb.

The controversial thing about David is that over 30 climbers passed him on their way to the top, and noticed he was still alive.

Some even spoke to him. However, on Everest, there is little to nothing you can do to save another life.

Attempts to help can likely result in the death of yourself and the one you’re trying to help.


Shriya Shah–Klorfine (Cause of death: Exhaustion)

Shriya reached the summit in 2012. Supposedly, she spent 25 minutes celebrating her victory before beginning her descent.

She ultimately ran out of oxygen and died from exhaustion. Her body is 300m below the summit, draped in a Canadian flag.

Unknown-This is an unknown body at base camp.


The cause of death is unknown but this body has been exposed for so long.

The body is essentially mummified.

Efforts to identify the name haven’t been successful.

If you have any information please let us know.The painful truth of Mt. Everest is astonishing.

Explanation of why and how people are left to die in on Everest

    Bodies are left on Everest because it is too dangerous to bring them down. Occasionally, special expeditions set out to find, identify, move, or cover a body… but they are rarely brought down.

    As you can see, exposure and exhaustion is a huge danger on Mt. Everest. The air is thin, and oxygen deprivation is a real threat.

    Temperatures are so low that frostbite can occur in minutes. Helping someone who is on the brink of death is almost certainly a death sentence for yourself too.

    Climbers know this, and that is why they often leave behind people who are struggling. Helping is futile.

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6 Responses to Pictures of Dead Bodies Left Behind on Mt. Everest

  1. mark April 2, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Why would you even consider to go where people die????

  2. Andre April 2, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Sometimes we really ask for death and we have no one to blame for it

  3. Sam April 2, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Never criticize these people, they at least tried something before they died

  4. Robert April 2, 2016 at 9:45 am

    I have no words to describe this madness

  5. Recken April 2, 2016 at 9:46 am

    I will just chill in my sofa and watch from right here, no need to bother myself going there to die

  6. Blake April 2, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Adventure but no thanks!


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