5. The West Ridge
In 1974, an attempt of expedition was made to ascent the mountain of West Ridge. This expedition was led by Gerard Devouassoux. He with his 19 teammates planned to straighten the route out. It was August – the time of monsoon. They knew that weather was tricky and it could complicate things but they were determined to make it to the top. However, unfortunately, the monsoon rains began and one night while they were asleep in their camps, an avalanche flushed down on their tents, killing the leader as well as five other sherpas. Their bodies were never recovered. The incident was so horrific and scared so many mountaineers that for the next five years there were no climbers on the West Ridge. This is why we have included this on our list of ten most tragic mountaineering expeditions ever.
4. Pamir Mountains, Kyrgyzstan
Pamir Mountain on Lenin Peaks is situated in Kyrgyzstan and is about 7134 meters high. This incident that we are about to narrate is probably one of the most tragic ones on our list of ten most tragic mountaineering expeditions ever. In this incident, about 40 members of the same team died together on the Pamir Mountains in the Soviet Union near the Chinese border. A team of 40 international climbers intended to reach to the summit of Lenin Peak in 1990. The team had its camp at 6000 meters. This was a common area used as a resting place by expedition teams. However, an avalanche ran down from the mountain side and swept all 40 climbers from five different countries. Victims belonged to Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Israel, Switzerland and Spain.
3. Mount Hood, United States of America
Another incident which is regarded as highly tragic happened on Mount Hood in United States of America, which has a height measured at of 3, 426 meters. Due to the tragedy that inflicted upon the mountaineers climbing Mount Hood, we certainly had to include it on our list of ten most tragic mountaineering expeditions ever. The highest point on the mountain is known as Oregon. The place was already known to be a killer peak, where an expedition with seven teenagers and two teachers died a few years before the other big tragedy that befell. In 1986, 19 climbers started climbing the peak. Four of them were sent back as they were sick and exhausted. The rest of them, that is thirteen, climbed up to the height of 3000 meters. The weather was so bad that they had to turn back. The climbers dug a snow cave for protection as the weather was too bad. Next day, two of them went down to the mountains with the summons. Three of them died, they were found later by research teams. Eight were found in the snow cave. Only two of eight survived. Out of 4 survivors, three had life threatening hypothermia; One of them had to have his legs amputated.
2. The North Col, Everest
In 1922, George Mallory and two of his teammates, along with fourteen sherpas went up to Everest approaching the North Col at 23, 000 feet. They were swept by a massive avalanche. Only two of them were found alive in the debris. However, the bodies of other seven were buried deep in the snow and could never be recovered. No wonder you have found this tale of misery on our list of ten most tragic mountaineering expeditions ever.
1. Mont Blanc, France
In Italy, France, on Mont Blanc, in the year 2008, fifteen climbers were caught in 200 meter wide avalanche, when they were ascending the northwest face of the Mont Blanc du Tacul. Seven of them escaped while eight died when they were caught in the lside. The dead included four Germans, three Swiss and one Austrian. It is one of the most tragic mountaineering incidents, and this is solely why you have found it here on our list of ten most tragic mountaineering expeditions ever.
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