Report was wrong: No bodies found at Everest South Col

KATHMANDU, Nepal — The original report from Seven Summit Treks that it found four deceased climbers at Camp 4/South Col on Mount Everest are now saying it was a mistake.

Mountaineer Alan Arnette reported on his blog that he spoke with key sources, including Mingma Sherpa, managing director at Seven Summit Trek, which provided the original information to Rajan Pokhrel at the Himalayan Times where it was first published.

“Longtime Everest climber and guide Willie Benegas, of the Benegas Brothers contacted me from the South Col and said no new bodies,” Arnette said.

“While all this has created worldwide headlines, I am grateful there are no new deaths to report in addition to the current six.

“The other good news is that the mistaken report has generated a conversation about the experience of climbers and the qualification of guides. And that is a good subject to further explore.”