12 Sherpa guides dead, four missing in deadliest Mount Everest avalanche
least 12 Nepalese Sherpa guides were killed and seven others missing in an
avalanche that struck Mount Everest on Friday morning, making it the single
deadliest mountaineering accident on the world’s highest peak.
A group of about
50 climbers, mostly Sherpas were moving from Camp I to Camp II when a serac
fell off the mountain burying them under the snow at an altitude of about 5,900
metres at about 6:30 am. The Sherpas were going up the mountain to fix ropes
and set camps higher up the mountain for their fee-paying clients.
“The search for
the missing will continue on Saturday morning,” said Dipendra Poudel, a
Another six were
injured, two of whom have been brought to Kathmandu for medical treatment. Some
foreign climbers were in the group going up the mountain to be acclimatised but
they were not among the fatalities.
deadliest day before this Friday was May 11, 1996 when 11 persons, eight on the
Nepal side of the mountain and three on the China side in the north were killed
in a snow storm at 8,000 metres, an incident made famous in the Jon Krakauer
book Into Thin Air.
Poudel, 334 foreign climbers have been given permission to climb the 8,848
metre world's highest peak in the spring season that lasts until end of May,
which is the busiest climb season. About another 400 Sherpa guides accompany
these mountaineers. Ethnic Sherpas act as guides for foreign mountaineers.