4 Bodies Found Inside Tent at Highest Everest Camp

A file photo dated 14 September 2013 shows 8,848 m (29,028 feet) high Mount Everest, seen from an aircraft over Nepal. One year after an avalanche killed 16 Sherpas on Mount Everest and ended the climbing season, mountaineers are scrambling toward the world's highest peak once again. EPA/NARENDRA SHRESTHA

KATHMANDU, Nepal A government official and a rescue coordinator say four bodies have been found inside a tent at the highest camp on Mount Everest.

Tourism Department official Hemanta Dhakal said the four bodies were found by a team of rescuers who were there to recover the body of a Slovak mountaineer who died over the weekend.

The identities of the dead climbers in the tent were still unknown Wednesday and other rescuers were heading there to learn more details.

Mingma Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks, who was coordinating the recovery of the Slovak climber’s body, said the Sherpa rescuers found the four bodies on Tuesday night.

Six climbers have already died on the world’s highest mountain this year attempting to reach the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit.