The Khumbu Icefall: Mount Everest’s Death Trap



Image: Olaf Rieck

The Khumbu Glacier is situated between Mount Everest and the Lhotse-Nuptse Ridge. The glacier is the final part of the trail to and from Everest Base Camp. It is a key route for climbing Mount Everest; this is one of the better known and often-visited of the Himalayan glaciers.


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The famed Khumbu Icefall transitions the glacier from the accumulation zone to the ablation zone, the ablation zone being where the melting happens. Base camp for the climbing expeditions sits on a debris-covered section of the glacier, below the Khumbu Icefall. The debris cover is brought down by avalanches and uncovered at the surface due to melting.

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