An avalanche left 12 dead and four missing in the worst-ever recorded disaster on Mount Everest.
With peak season just days away, Sherpas and guides are busy preparing for the trek up the highest peak in the world.
“The Sherpa guides were carrying up equipment and other necessities for climbers when the disaster happened,” a spokesman for Nepal’s Tourism Ministry, Mohan Krishna Sapkota, told the AFP news agency.
Before a climber begins the assent, hired Sherpas set up camps at higher altitudes and fix routes and ropes on the slopes above.
The Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix ropes when the avalanche hit them just below Camp 2 at about 6:30 a.m., Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal said from the base camp where he is monitoring rescue efforts.
Survivor Dawa Tashi — one of two Sherpas who were injured and airlifted to Nepal’s capital, Katmandu — was in the intensive care unit at Grande Hospital with several broken ribs.
Tashi told his visiting relatives the Sherpa guides were delayed because of the unsteady path. Suddenly, the avalanche fell on the group and buried many of them, Tashi’s sister-in-law Dawa Yanju told the Associated Press.
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An avalanche on Mount Everest left 12 dead and four missing in the worst-ever recorded disaster on the Mountain.