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Everest sherpas say they are abandoning climbing season

Nepalese guides on Everest told AFP on Tuesday they were packing up and leaving the mountain after a meeting at which they decided to abandon this year's climbing season to honour their dead colleagues. "We had a long meeting this afternoon and we decided to stop our climbing this year to honour our fallen brothers. All sherpas are united in this," local guide, Tulsi Gurung, told AFP from base camp.

Everest sherpas say they are abandoning climbing season

Nepalese guides on Everest told AFP on Tuesday they were packing up and leaving the mountain after a meeting at which they decided to abandon this year's climbing season to honour their dead colleagues. "We had a long meeting this afternoon and we decided to stop our climbing this year to honour our fallen brothers. All sherpas are united in this," local guide, Tulsi Gurung, told AFP from base camp.

Cancellation threat follows tragedy on Everest

Expedition leaders and guides threatened Monday to cancel all climbing on Mount Everest after the deadliest avalanche in its history as hundreds of Nepalese sherpas paid final respects to fellow guides. With heads bowed and many in tears, a procession of mourners filed through the centre of Kathmandu amid growing anger at compensation levels for those bereaved by Friday's tragedy. Thirteen people were confirmed killed in the avalanche above base camp and three more are missing and feared dead.

Cancellation threat follows tragedy on Everest

Expedition leaders and guides threatened Monday to cancel all climbing on Mount Everest after the deadliest avalanche in its history as hundreds of Nepalese sherpas paid final respects to their fellow guides. With heads bowed and many in tears, a procession of mourners filed through the centre of Nepal's capital Kathmandu amid growing anger over compensation levels for those bereaved by Friday's tragedy. At least 13 people were killed in the avalanche above base camp but the death toll is expected to rise further.

Cancellation threat follows tragedy on Everest

Expedition leaders and guides threatened Monday to cancel all climbing on Mount Everest after the deadliest avalanche in its history as hundreds of Nepalese sherpas paid final respects to their fellow guides. With heads bowed and many in tears, a procession of mourners filed through the centre of Nepal's capital Kathmandu amid growing anger over compensation levels for those bereaved by Friday's tragedy. At least 13 people were killed in the avalanche above base camp but the toll is expected to rise.

Guides, climbers cancel Everest expeditions after tragedy

Distraught Nepalese guides and climbers cancelled expeditions on Mount Everest Monday after at least 13 colleagues died in an avalanche, as anger mounted at poor payments for sherpas who take huge risks on the world's highest peak. Sherpas already grief-stricken at the loss of colleagues have told AFP they are considering whether to halt climbs to protest at pay and poor welfare provisions.

Nepal Sherpas demand compensation for families of avalanche victims

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Sherpas have demanded compensation of $10,000 for the families of 16 colleagues dead or missing in an avalanche on Mount Everest and double the insurance cover for expeditions on the world's highest mountain, crowded with climbers. The government has announced an immediate payment of $400 to the victims' families to cover funeral costs.

Nepal calls off search for missing guides on Everest

Nepal called off the search Sunday for three local guides still missing after the deadliest accident on Mount Everest that killed 13 of their colleagues, a tourism ministry official said. "We have decided to stop the search for the missing. We have been unable to identify the location of bodies and at this stage it is difficult to find them in the snow," Dipendra Paudel told AFP. Thirteen bodies have been pulled from the mountain, while another nine guides have been rescued alive since the ice avalanche smashed into their expedition early on Friday.

Nepal calls off search for missing guides on Everest

Nepal called off the search Sunday for three local guides still missing after the deadliest accident on Mount Everest that killed 13 of their colleagues, a tourism ministry official said. "We have decided to stop the search for the missing. We have been unable to identify the location of bodies and at this stage it is difficult to find them in the snow," Dipendra Paudel told AFP. Thirteen bodies have been pulled from the mountain, while another nine guides have been rescued alive since the ice avalanche smashed into their expedition early on Friday.

Nepal calls off search for missing guides on Everest

Nepal called off the search Sunday for three local guides still missing after the deadliest accident on Mount Everest that killed 13 of their colleagues, a tourism ministry official said. "We have decided to stop the search for the missing. We have been unable to identify the location of bodies and at this stage it is difficult to find them in the snow," Dipendra Paudel told AFP. pm-amu/tha/lm
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