Deaths and chaos on Everest

Posted: Apr 18, 2014 03:54 am EDT

 

(Newsdesk, updated Apr 22, 13:12 EDT video removed) All climbing activities are shut down on the Nepalese/South side of Everest as an avalanche swept away several sherpa/climbers on April 18. The President of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, Ang Tshering Sherpa, told AFP the avalanche struck at about 6:45am local time at an altitude of about 5,800 metres.

 

6 Sherpa are dead and 9 people missing reported Tim Rippel from Peak Freaks. "Helicopters are flying up and down doing rescues of stranded climbers and long line lifts of the dead Sherpas. As many as 100 climbers were stranded above a broken ladder that are being evacuated down to camp.“

 

Later reports say 13 deaths and 3 missing, others say at least 12 dead and 5 uncounted for. Eleven bodies were seen brought into BC.

 

Kathmandu-based climbing company, Himalayan Climbing Guides Nepal, confirmed to AFP that two of their guides were among the dead and four were missing.

 

Adventure Consultants reported some of their Sherpas have also been involved in the incident. All the Adventure Consultants climbers and guides were in Base Camp at the time and were not involved. They are waiting to hear updates regarding their Sherpa staff.

 

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Helicopters are flying up and down doing rescues of stranded climbers and long line lifts of the dead Sherpas, reported Tim from Peak Freaks
courtesy Peak Freaks, SOURCE