Mt. Everest ‘Traffic Jam’ Occurs Over Large Number Of Climbers

A Nepalese runs with his national flag during a marathon to mark the first conquest of Mount Everest, at Lobuche, near Everest base camp, Nepal, Monday, May 29, 2017. Nepal's mountaineering community is celebrating the first conquest of Everest and a successful climbing season in which hundreds of climbers scaled the world's highest peak. Monday is the 64th anniversary of the first successful climb of Everest by New Zealander Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay. (AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa)

Hundreds of climbers attempt to summit Mt. Everest each year, but with only narrow windows of opportunity to avoid dangerous winds and weather, it leads to long lines awaiting turns to move up and down the world’s tallest peak.

“Mt. Everest is not a joke and in fact, quite a serious climb,” said Rajan Dwivedi in a post on Instagram.

Dwivedi showed video from May 20 where he was waiting in a single climbing lane with dozens of climbers all trying to make the summit.

“This video captured shows what we face on one rope line and negotiating interchanges during the traffic for upstream and downstream!” he said.

Mt. Everest stretches over 29,000 feet above sea level which means the summit is up near the jet stream.  Dwivedi says climbers have to wait for weather patterns when the jet stream pulls away from the mountain, otherwise wind speeds along the summit can reach 100-240 mph, he said.

Dwivedi said for him, “coming down was a nightmare and exhausting while huge line of climbers were coming up to maximize on the weather window!!”

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