Mount Everest Sherpas Consider Climbing Season Strike

More than 300 Sherpa guides at Nepal's Mount Everest gave the government an ultimatum: Give the victims' families more money, or climbing season ends.

Mount Everest Sherpas Consider Climbing Season Strike
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Mount Everest's Sherpa guides issued an ultimatum to the Nepalese government Sunday: greater compensation for the victims' families or we'll cancel climbing season. 

"350 Sherpa guides say they will not lead any more expeditions up Mount Everest this year. The move is to honor 16 fellow guides killed by an avalanche this week. Rescuers today called off the search for three remaining guides." (Via Al Jazeera)

The deadly avalanche occurred Friday as the Sherpas were carrying equipment up the mountain. The Weather Channel has more on the tragedy in Nepal.

​"The avalanche happened between the base and camp one at an area called the Khumbu Icefall. It is the first major hurdle on the mountain. This is where the Sherpas were climbing Friday morning when vast walls of ice suddenly came loose." (Via The Weather Channel

Time reports the Sherpa guides, staff and climbers met Sunday to construct a list of demands for their government with a seven-day expiration date, including greater compensation for the mourning families.  

The New York Times reports the Nepal Mountaineering Association is pushing for $1,041 per family instead of the $408 currently promised. If their demands are not met, more than 330 expeditions could be canceled. 

This puts the Nepalese government in a tough position. If those trips are canceled, it must reimburse the climbers for their permits, which, according to Time, cost about $10,000 per permit.

At least one expedition has already been called off.


"Discovery network has canceled plans for a live wingsuit jump from the summit, which was schedule for May 11." (Via MSNBC)

CNN says the Nepalese government makes $3 million from royalties alone per spring climbing season.