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39 expeditions queue on Everest amid sherpa strike

After 13 sherpas were killed in an avalanche on Everest, their colleagues have called a strike in an effort to secure better conditions.

The current situation on Everest:

  • There are currently 39 expeditions queuing on Everest right now.
  • There are a total of 400 foreign climbers.
  • Each person is paying the Nepalese Government around a £6,000 climbing fee.

Sherpas' demands:

  • Some of climbing fees to be put aside for a relief find.
  • Minimum insurance payment for the sherpas who died to be doubled to £12,000.

Climber: 'We must support sherpas in Everest strike'

A strike has been called by sherpa guides on Mount Everest in the Himalayas.

They have been demanding extra pay - danger money in effect - and better insurance, after thirteen of their colleagues were swept away in an avalanche on Good Friday.

Three others are still missing.

Climber Bonita Norris. Credit: ITV News

Climber Bonita Norris was the youngest British woman to reach the summit of Everest, but after getting injured, she depended on a sherpa to get her off the mountain alive.

She told ITV News: "It's really important that we support the sherpas on this and we all stand together behind the sherpas and say 'we won't climb on Everest, we won't pay permits to the Government to be on Everest until their demands are met'."

"They do an amazing job for their country."

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