One of the most famous points of the route of the ascending climbers to Everest (Jomolungma), the almost vertical slope, called the Hillary step, collapsed, making the conquest of the highest mountain of the world even more dangerous.
Named after the leader of the first expedition that conquered the summit of the New Zealander Edmund Hillary – the 13-meter-high slope was a crest of snow and ice, which the athletes had to overcome one at a time.
As rock climbers note, the collapse of the rock could have caused an extremely devastating earthquake in April 2015 in Nepal, in which more than 8,000 people died, earthquakes also caused landslides and avalanches.
Chomolungma herself then moved three centimeters.
“I do not know what needs to be done when there is no snow cover, because now there are huge stones that will not be easy to manage,” said British mountaineer Tim Mosedale.
According to the conqueror of the mountains, last year he could not check the state of the step, because it was covered with a dense layer of snow, but this year he saw only fragments of stones in her place.
And with the existing stage of Hillary, the upswing or descent along its plane could mean a deadly danger for those who stayed longer in the event of worsening weather conditions.
How the order for overcoming this obstacle will now be organized, the travelers do not know.
“On a perfectly clear day, it does not matter if you are a half or two hours behind the Hillary Hill, which is very near the top, but if the weather changes, it’s a matter of life and death,” said the veteran mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington five years ago .