Mount Everest, at 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) is the world's highest mountain and a particularly desirable peak for mountaineers. More than 300 people have died trying to climb it.

Most deaths have been attributed to avalanche, injury from fall or ice collapse, exposure or health problems related to conditions on the mountain. Not all bodies have been located, so details on those fatalities are not available. Most bodies still remain on the mountain, even in cases of easy recovery.

The most dangerous steps on Everest are between 5,400 to 6,400 metres (17,700–21,000 ft). Various steps are actually being avoided by many climbers because hired Nepalese Sherpas undertake them by installing fixed ropes, carrying gear, and breaking tracks on the route to the top.

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