Faking Everest: False summit claims rise, as climbers exploit system's loopholes to win unearned acclaim
Over the last few years, climbing in Nepal has been rocked by false Everest summit claims made by Indians. Since 2016, there have been at least seven cases that have been reported, even as murmurs of other suspect summits continue to do the rounds.
Mt Everest, the highest peak in the world, has attracted thousands of mountaineers and adventure seekers for decades. On 26 May, three climbers from Haryana — Vikas Rana, Shobha Banwala and Ankush Kasana, claimed to have summited its peak. But the climbers' community have their doubts based on evidence, or the glaring lack of it.