(CNN)Four people have died in the span of four days on Mount Everest including a Sherpa, while two others have gone missing.
Danger is inherent in climbing the world’s highest peak. And there are fatalities — more than 200 climbers have died since Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary made the first official ascent in 1953.
But the recent deaths — coming so quickly on the heels of one another — has rattled climbers who are now beginning their descent as the climbing season comes to an end.
April was the first month of climbing since all ascent was halted after the catastrophic earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015 and a deadly avalanche that killed 16 Sherpas in one day in 2014.