A British climber has been confirmed to be the latest to perish on Mount Everest this week.
Robin Fisher, 44, had made the summit but died around 150m from the peak on his way back down.
His partner, Kristyn Carriere, had travelled with him to Everest Case Camp but joined a trekking group while he made the perilous journey to the top.
According to Sky News, she posted on Facebook and said: ‘He got his goal. My heart is broken. It was his ultimate challenge.’
He is one of at least eight people to have died in the space of a week.
This May, there has only been a window of five clear days for mountaineers to attempt to reach the summit, whereas there would usually be around seven to 12.
The decreased opportunities to trek to the top has led to huge numbers of people trying to do it at once.
This has led to overcrowding along the narrow path leading to the summit, with some having to wait 12 hours or more to get to the peak.
Irishman Kevin Hynes, 56, has also died in the early hours of Friday after turning back before reaching the summit.
He passed away while sheltering in his tent at a height of 7,000m.
The father-of-two had said the day before his death the expedition was ‘proving the most fun he had ever had.’
Another Irishman, Seamus Lawless, is missing and presumed dead after falling as he descended the peak on May 16.
On Wednesday, Donald Lynn Cash and Anjali Kulkarni, both 55, collapsed after suffering from altitude sickness after reaching the summit.Man on bike hunted by terror police after ‘parcel bomb’ injures 13 in Lyon
They had both made it to the 29,029-foot (8,848m) peak, in the so-called death zone where there is not enough oxygen for the human body to survive for long.
Donald, from Utah, was taking pictures on top of the peak when he collapsed following a 12-hour push from Camp IV.
Sherpas were initially able to perform CPR and get him a short way back down the mountain, but he died a few hours later near the Hillary Step – a near-vertical rock face on the southeast ridge.
According to mountaineering reporter Alan Arnette, Donald’s body will not be recoverable from the mountain.
Friends of the climber said: ‘His final resting place will probably be exactly where he wanted’.
Anjali Kulkarni, from India, was returning from the summit point when she also fell ill.White South African farm activist beaten to death with hammer
According to The Himalayan Times, she and her husband were part of a six-member expedition on the mountain and made it down to Camp IV. Efforts are being made to recover her body.
Kulkarni’s expedition organiser, Arun Treks, said the delay at the top of Everest caused her death.
On Thursday, another three climbers were confirmed dead after getting stuck in the traffic jam for more than 12 hours.
Kalpana Das, 52, and Nihal Bagwan, 27, both died as they climbed back down the mountain.
Local tour organiser Keshav Paudel said Bagwan had been ‘stuck in the traffic for more than 12 hours and was exhausted’.
A 65-year-old Austrian climber died on the northern Tibet side of Everest.
There have now been calls for the number of permits to be reduced following the rising numbers of deaths.
Nepal has issued 381 permits – costing $11,000 (£8,600) each – for the Spring climbing season.
The picture of the traffic jam was taken by Nirmal Purja, who also reach the summit of Everest on Wednesday as part of his world record attempt to climb all 14 mountains over 8,000ft in the Himalayas in just seven months.
The British veteran – who spent 16 years in the military – is currently trying to beat the current record of seven years, 11 months and 14 days.