Conquering Mount Everest has long been considered the ultimate mountaineering adventure.
Fatal slips, plunges into the abyss, falling boulders and possible avalanches hide behind every turn – not to mention a lack of oxygen.
But the mental challenges extend beyond nature.
Daredevils brave enough to tackle Mount Everest must pass the frozen bodies of adventurers that didn’t make it, punctuating the seriousness of the task at hand.
Of the more than 200 frozen bodies on the mountain, the corpse of Indian climber Tsewang Paljor (pictured above) is the most famous. Nicknamed “Green Boots” by fellow climbers, Paljor’s icy remains sit outside of a cave that all climbers are required to pass on their way to the peak.
Green Boots and other frozen bodies serve as markers and checkpoints. Attempts to get them back down the mountain for proper burials would just be too dangerous.