Mount Everest Summit, Attempt and Death From 1953 to 2021

Every year since 1922, with the exception of 1977 and 2020, mountaineers die while trying to summit the highest mountain in the world – Mount Everest. The first recorded deaths were of seven porters during the 1922 British Mount Everest Expedition. An expedition that George Mallory was on. And is well known, Mallory and his climbing companion, Andrew Irvine, took part in the third and fatal attempt to climb Everest in 1924. Finally summited on 29 May, 1953 by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, Everest continued to call out to mountaineers – and continued to claim lives. During the 1980s and 90s the commercialization of Everest took place, meaning anyone with the financial means, could climb and potentially conquer the world’s highest peak. .


Successful summit climbs


No data available for this year.

On April 25, 2015, an avalanche at

everest base camp – a result of the Earthquake that took place some 200km away and shook the whole country – took the lives of 19 people. The single biggest death on Everest in one day. Today the rate of death on the mountain stands at 14.1%. Here we take a look at both how many people have climbed and how many have perished on Everest, and at who these souls are and what becomes of their remains.

Next Update: December 31 2022

Source: Himalayan Database