Lonely Planet: Everest’s deadly season: overcrowding or summit fever?

The image of the lonely mountaineer, struggling against adversity to claim the summit, has taken a few knocks in recent weeks. When Nepali mountaineer Nirmal Purja posted a photo on Twitter of the queues he passed on his way to and from the summit of Everest on 22 May, he started a snowball rolling that has since turned into a media avalanche.

25th May 2019