Sherpa guides on Mount Everest are considering a boycott after the deadliest avalanche in the mountain’s history, a move that could seriously disrupt the rest of the climbing season, a mountaineering official said.
Several Sherpas have already quit while others are still deciding whether to boycott following Friday’s avalanche, said Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.
The disaster killed at least 13 Sherpas when a block of ice tore loose from the mountain and triggered an avalanche that ripped through teams of guides carrying gear. Three more are presumed dead.
All the victims were from Nepal’s ethnic Sherpa community, which relies heavily on the country’s alpine trekking and climbing industry, with many making a living as climbing guides and others providing restaurants, equipment or transportation.