Sure you read about the deadly avalanche on Everest on April 18 that killed 13 sherpas. One of the deadliest on Everest. The sherpas had climbed up the treacherous Khumbu icefall, fixing ropes and camps for the commercial climbers waiting below at base camp. The climbing season is just opening.
Researching, we found this to be the most reliable and educative sites to know more about the Everest avalanche:
The blog carries live updates from the base camps on teams climbing Everest and other useful information.
Here is a picture of the area where the avalanche occurred. The tweet says aftermath of the avalanche, but that is not confirmed.
With lack of any photos immediately available, media (including BBC News) has been carrying videos and pictures of past avalanches, including a frame-grab from this dramatic video from a May 2011 incident off Nuptse.
As deadly, nevertheless.
Here is an insightful note on the plight of Sherpas (extracted from Alan’s blog):
The current formula for commercial guiding on Everest and other popular mountains around the world is based on a high level of support, advanced oxygen and other technologies, sophisticated weather forecasting, known routes and professional guides.
This formula has opened mountains to people otherwise unqualified to attempt them independently. It has created an economic model where customers get what they want, and well paying jobs are created for the local population when compared to the nearby alternatives.
All this said, the risk are real, and tragic with long term devastation to families of the fallen. No job anywhere of any type is worth a person’s life.
The only true solution to preventing deaths of Sherpas, clients, and guides is to stop climbing. Increasing pay and insurance, while justified, will not save lives.
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Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse form an arc from left to right, with the Khumbu Icefall emanating from it, at the head of the Khumbu Glacier. Trek up to the base camp at the icefall without going there, using this interactive multimedia map: http://explore.glacierworks.org/en/.