The entire nation mourned the greatest tragedy in the history of Nepal mountaineering as a deadly avalanche took place in Mt. Everest last week claiming lives of 13 Sherpa guides. Three more have gone missing in the debris and the chances of locating them are slim. The avalanche occurred on April 18 in an area between the Khumbu Icefall and Camp I, at an altitude of about 19,500 feet.
Himalayan Glacier would like to offer its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and friends. Our thoughts are with the bereaved family as we pray for them.
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Nobel peace Laureate and Myanmar’s democratic icon Aung San Suu Kyi is coming to Nepal on June 14 on a two-day visit.
Suu Kyi is coming here at the invitation of BP Koirala Chintan Prastisthan and BP Koirala Memorial Trust on the occasion of Koirala’s centenary birth celebration, said Dinesh Bhattarai, Foreign Relations Adviser to the Prime Minister Sushil Koirala.
She will deliver a key note speech at a programme “Relevance of Social Democrary” to be jointly organised by Trust and Prastisthan on June 15. She is scheduled to visit Lumbini and address parliament on democracy and its importance in this part of the world. She will also meet President Ram Baran Yadav and top leaders of the major political parties, according to Bhattarai.
On the sidelines of the Third Bimstec Summit in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, Prime Minister Koirala had invited Suu Kyi to visit Nepal. During the meeting in Naypyidaw, PM Koirala and Suu Kyi had exchanged views on long struggle that Suu Kyi and Koirala families had endured to institutionalise democracy in their respective countries, said Bhattarai.
Suu Kyi who was educated in India, had very strong personal ties with late BP Koirala and used to work together and share common view on struggle for democracy and socialism as both leaders were very active in socialist international movement.
Date: 22 April, 2014
Spring expeditions are hanging in a Himalayan limbo after mountaineering guides and climbers yesterday issued a seven-day ultimatum to the government to fulfil their 12-point demand. They have suspended all climbing and search activities in the Everest region.
An increment in insurance amount, adequate compensation, climbers’ memorial park and a basket fund for the wellbeing of support staff and guides are some of the demands the Sherpas have raised.
Earlier, a joint meeting called by MoTCA also discussed the issues raised by the mountaineers. “We urged the government representatives, including Tourism Secretary Sushil Ghimire, to consider the genuine demands raised by mourning mountaineers,” said Dambar Parajuli, President, Expedition Operators’ Association.
After the meeting, Burlakoti said in a statement that the government was ready to set up climbers’ memorial park with the support from different mountaineering bodies. The statement also reminded that Rs 40,000 each has already been announced to victims’ families as an immediate relief.
SOLUKHUMBU, April 20 : After a deadly avalanche killed at least 13 Sherpa guides on the Mount Everest last week, all expedition groups have called off their journeys.
Members of 15 expedition groups, who were in the Everest base camp waiting for weather to improve, on Sunday decided to return, declaring 2014 as a ´black year´ in the history of mountaineering. These groups consist of about 300 mountaineers, their Sherpa guides and high-altitude workers.
Following the decision, about 150 members of 15 more expedition groups, who are now above the Everest base camp, will also return over the next few days. They have already been informed about the decision made by a gathering of expedition members in the base camp.
“No mountaineer will be climbing the Everest this year,” said Lama Kaji Sherpa, a tourism entrepreneur in Namche, a major tourist hub in Solukhumbu district from where all expedition groups head toward the Everest base camp. “All expedition members are shocked by the tragedy.”
The incident has particularly left all Sherpa guides, who are key supporters of mountaineers, traumatized.
Revenue to be hit
After all the expedition groups in the base camp decided not to scale the Everest, revenue collection from mountaineers is likely to be hit badly this year. Tourism authorities say more expedition groups that are still in Kathmandu might also follow the suit. Also, tourism authorities are in a dilemma over whether to return tax already paid by 30 expedition teams that have decided to cancel their plans.
“This is an unprecedented situation,” said Madhu Sudan Burlakoti, spokesperson for the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA). “We do not know what to do if they want their tax back. We will hold further discussions before deciding anything on this issue.” The government receives US$ 25,000 from each mountaineer who seeks permission to climb the world´s tallest mountain.
Meanwhile, families of the deceased Sherpa guides have criticized the government for providing insufficient relief money to them. The government has decided to provide Rs 40,000 to families of all the deceased Sherpa guides each. “It is too little,” said Aangmaya Sherpa, who has lost a relative in the avalanche. “It is humiliating, too.”
Seven of the total 13 Sherpa guides, whose dead bodies have been recovered so far, are local residents of Namche and Khumjung. The tragedy has deeply unsettled local Sherpa people.
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Search operation for three Sherpa guides missing in the Everest avalanche has been called off due to ‘too much risk’ involved. A meeting of expedition operating agencies and guide associations on Saturday night decided not to conduct the search mission, saying it was almost “impossible” to retrieve the three remaining bodies buried underneath the snow.
Pasang Tenzing Sherpa, secretary at the Nepal National Mountain Guide Association, said the bodies were buried around 80-100 metres deep into the snow. “It is impossible to retrieve the bodies due to heavy block of ice on the site,” he said, adding that continuous snowfall in the region has compounded the situation. Read the story »
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Helicopters of the Nepali Army and private companies are on standby to support the search and rescue mission. American Alpine Club said it has set up a fund to support the families of the deceased.