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April 12, 2023

Tragedy on Mount Everest: Three Sherpas Killed in Avalanche at Khumbu Icefall

File Photo of Khumbu Icefall.

Kathmandu: Tragedy struck the Mount Everest climbing community as three Sherpas lost their lives in an avalanche at the Khumbu Icefall today. Tenzing Sherpa, Lakpa Rita Sherpa, and Badure Sherpa, all from Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality-5, were buried in the snow below Camp-1 due to the collapse of the Khumbu Icefall.

The Sherpas, who were guiding a group of climbers, were caught in the avalanche at a height of 5,700 meters and were buried. According to Lamakaji Sherpa, chairman of the Everest Pollution Control Committee, despite attempts to send a helicopter to remove the bodies, the rescue mission was unsuccessful due to adverse weather conditions.

The three Sherpas were employed by Imagine Trek Pvt. Ltd. to guide the climbers on their ascent to the summit of Mount Everest. The incident occurred at the beginning of this year’s spring climbing season, and it is a stark reminder of the risks associated with scaling the world’s tallest mountain.

History of tragedy in Mount Everest

Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, is a challenging and dangerous place. Over the years, the mountain has claimed the lives of many climbers attempting to reach its summit.

One of the deadliest tragedies in the history of Mount Everest occurred in 1996 when a sudden storm hit the mountain, trapping several climbing expeditions near the summit. A total of eight people died, including experienced guides and climbers. The incident was later chronicled in the bestselling book “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer.

In recent years, there have been several instances of tragedy on Mount Everest, including avalanches, falls, and altitude sickness. In 2014, an avalanche on the Khumbu Icefall claimed the lives of 16 Sherpas, leading to a dispute between the Sherpa community and the government over safety regulations and compensation.

In 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least 19 people and injuring several others.


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