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Everest sherpas abandon climbing season after deaths

Sherpas who work as guides on Mount Everest have said they will not work again this climbing season to honour 16 colleagues killed in an avalanche last week.

Sherpas carrying supplies at Everest base camp Credit: Dave Cheskin/PA Wire

The decision may scupper the plans of many foreign mountaineers who rely on the sherpas to help them carry and maintain kit.

"We had a long meeting this afternoon and we decided to stop our climbing this year to honour our fallen brothers. All sherpas are united in this," local sherpa Tulsi Gurung told the AFP news agency.

Thirteenth body found on Mount Everest

Father and sons of Nepalese mountaineer Ang Kaji Sherpa, killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, wait for his body Credit: PA Images

Search teams have recovered a thirteenth body from the snow and ice in the aftermath of an avalanche that swept through a dangerous mountain pass on Mount Everest at the weekend.

Another three guides remain missing and searchers are working quickly to find them in case weather conditions deteriorate.


Dramatic image 'of deadly Mount Everest avalanche'

Agence France-Presse have released a dramatic image reportedly of the deadly avalanche that killed at least 13 sherpas on Mount Everest this weekend.

Search resumes for four missing guides on Everest

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.

Doctors expecting the arrival of the victims of a Mount Everest avalanche Credit: Reuters

The Himalayan Guides, a Nepali hiking group, said six of its sherpas had gone ahead of climbers they were accompanying in order to fix ropes and crack snow and ice to carve out a route, when they were caught in the avalanche and died.

"We have two helicopters stand by in the area and will start looking for those who are still missing. Many of them have already been rescued," Nepali Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Jagdish Chandra Pokharel told Reuters.

At least 12 guides killed in Mount Everest avalanche

At least 12 Nepali mountaineering guides have been killed after an avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest, a tourism ministry official said.

The avalanche is the deadliest in eight years and hit the most popular route to the mountain's peak.

Three guides were injured and up to five people are missing in the first major avalanche on Mount Everest this climbing season.

Mission to get bodies off Everest underway

After an avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest killing at least nine mountaineers, helicopters and food have been sent to base camp to take away the dead and help with rescue efforts.

Some mountaineers remain missing on the mountain.

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Nepal Tourism Ministry: 'Nine killed, many missing'

An avalanche that swept down a slope of Mount Everest at the beginning of the main climbing season, has killed nine Nepali mountaineering guides, 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 said.

(File photo) Climbers ascending from the snowy left side the mountain. Credit: REUTERS/David Gray

Madhusudan Burlakoti, a senior official at the ministry, said helicopters and rescuers on foot had been sent to the site.

Six dead and nine missing after Everest avalanche

Six local guides have been killed and nine more are missing after an avalanche swept a route used to scale the world's highest peak, a Nepalese tourism official said.

Base camp, Everest. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The avalanche hit just below Mount Everest Camp 2 around 6.30am local time, Krishna Lamsal said.

He added that four bodies have been recovered and rescuers are digging two more out of the snow. Nine other Sherpa guides are unaccounted for and believed to be buried in the snow.

All those killed and missing had gone early in the morning to the area to fix ropes for climbers along the route to the 29,000ft summit.

Hundreds of climbers and guides have gathered at the base camp, gearing up for their final attempt to scale Everest early next month when weather conditions get favourable.

Five feared missing after Mount Everest avalanche

Up to five climbers are feared missing after an avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest and hit a route used to scale the world's highest peak.

Everest Base Camp Nepal on the ( left),Khumbu Icefall (middle) Everest summit (top right) . Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The avalanche hit the area just below Camp 2, according to Nepal Tourism Ministry official Madhu Sudan Burlakoti.

Rescuers and fellow climbers at the base camp are heading to the area to help, and a helicopter is on the way from Katmandu.

Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association said four or five climbers are believed to have been buried and more injured by the avalanche.

Avalanche on Mount Everest 'kills four people'

Rescue workers in the base of the mountain in the Tibet Autonomous region on Monday night. Credit: CCTV

Four people, including an Australian tourist, have been killed by an avalanche and 154 people have been rescued after heavy snow and the Mount Everest, Chinese state media reported.

Rescue workers attempt to dig snow off the barely distinguishable road and mountain, on Monday afternoon. Credit: CCTV
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