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Dead bodies litter Mount Everest because it's so dangerous and expensive to get them down

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  • 11 people have died summiting Mount Everest this spring.
  • The deaths this year bring the total Everest death toll to more than 300 people since explorers first started climbing the mountain in the early 1900s.
  • The bodies of people who died climbing Everest still litter the mountain today, because it's a dangerous and life-threatening task to retrieve them.
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Dead bodies are a common sight on top of Mount Everest. 

"I cannot believe what I saw up there," Everest filmmaker Elia Saikaly wrote on Instagram last week. "Death. Carnage. Chaos. Lineups. Dead bodies on the route." 

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