KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Several foreign climbing expeditions have called off attempts to scale Everest following an avalanche that killed at least 13 local guides, meaning Nepal faces an entire season without a single ascent of the mountain for the first time in decades.
The toll from last Friday’s accident was the highest in a single day in Everest history, and many Sherpas who are angry over their treatment at the hands of foreign mountaineers and the government have refused to guide visitors up the climb.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s government decided on Wednesday to send a delegation of officials to the base camp of Mount Everest to cool anger among Sherpas over its response to last week’s deadly ice avalanche in which at least 13 guides were killed.
Two Western expedition organizers said tension was running high at the camp among the roughly 400 Sherpas there, with many demanding that all climbs to the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) summit be abandoned for the rest of the season and others keen to continue.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s government agreed on Tuesday to compensation demands for Mount Everest sherpas, after the single deadliest avalanche on the world’s highest mountain killed at least 13 guides.
Expedition leaders said tension was running high at Everest base camp after last Friday’s incident, which has rekindled debate on the disproportionate risks that sherpas take helping foreign mountaineers reach the 8,850-metre summit.
KATHMANDU, April 21 (Reuters) – Nepali families cremated
eight Mount Everest sherpas on Monday as anger grew over how
much compensation should be paid to victims of the single
deadliest avalanche on the world’s highest mountain.
The eight bodies, out of a total of 13 recovered at the
weekend, were driven through Nepal’s capital city in open
trucks, their coffins draped in yellow and cream cloth, before
being cremated separately.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Rescuers recovered the body of one mountain guide on Saturday after an ice avalanche swept the lower slopes of Mount Everest, bringing the death toll to at least 13 in the deadliest accident on the world’s highest mountain.
The avalanche struck a perilous passage called the Khumbu Icefall, which is riddled with crevasses and piled with serac – or huge chunks of ice – that can break free without warning.
KATHMANDU, April 21 (Reuters) – Nepal’s Sherpas have
demanded compensation of $10,000 for the families of 16
colleagues dead or missing in an avalanche on Mount Everest and
double the insurance cover for expeditions on the world’s
highest mountain, crowded with climbers.
The government has announced an immediate payment of $400 to
the victims’ families to cover funeral costs.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Rescuers have given up searching for three sherpa guides missing two days after the deadliest ever accident on Nepal’s Mount Everest killed at least 13 and shocked the mountaineering world.
Snow and huge chunks of ice swept down the perilous and crevasse-riddled Khumbu Icefall on Friday as guides ferried supplies to upper camps for foreign climbers trying to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Sherpa climbers aided by helicopters resumed a search on Saturday for four missing guides after an ice avalanche swept the lower slopes of Mount Everest, killing at least 12 in the deadliest accident on the world’s highest mountain.
Climbers declared a four-day halt to efforts to scale the 8,848-metre (29,029-ft) summit and, while some decided to abandon their mission, others said they would go ahead after talking to their Nepali guides.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – An avalanche sweeping down Mount Everest killed 12 Nepali guides on Friday at the start of the main climbing season, the tourism ministry said, in what may be the deadliest single incident on the world’s highest peak.
The avalanche hit the most popular route to the summit. Three Nepali guides were injured, while four people are still missing and presumed buried under snow, the ministry said.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – An avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest on Friday, killing nine Nepali mountaineering guides at the beginning of the main climbing season, a Tourism Ministry official said.
The avalanche hit the most popular route to the mountain’s peak and three Nepali guides were injured and some people may be missing, Tilak Ram Pandey, an official at the ministry’s mountaineering department, told Reuters.