Sherpas consider boycott after Mount Everest disaster

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The Nepal Mountaineering Association says several Sherpas already have while others are still deciding whether to boycott.

In addition to the 13 dead, three others remain missing and are presumed dead.

KATMANDU, NEPAL (NBC) - Sherpa guides are considering a climbing boycott after last week's avalanche on Mount Everest.

Thirteen people died during the deadliest recorded avalanche in Mount Everest's history. Three other sherpas are missing and presumed dead.

Funerals were held for some of the victims in the capital of Nepal Monday.

A member of the Mepal Mountaineering Association said a number of the guides had already quit, and others were still deciding whether to boycott climbing after the avalanche.

He said the sherpas had declared one week of mourning and wouldn't be going above the base camp during that time.

Nepal's government profits from permit fees charged to the climbing expeditions, and sherpas have expressed anger there wasn't a bigger government response after the avalanche.

The guides are crucial for the expedition teams currently on the mountain to continue.

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