Following the Everest Tragedy of April 18, 2014, which killed 16 Sherpas, should you consider it safe to trek the Everest base camp?
What actually happened on April 18, 2014?
The serac collapsed into the Khumbu Ice-fall, at the elevation of 5,900 m (19,375 ft), on the morning of April 18 at 6.30 am. The event triggered a massive avalanche, considered deadliest in its history, taking 13 innocent lives with it. The 3 others died later during the treatment.
The avalanche hit them while they were busy preparing a route for climbing and carrying equipment to the higher altitude. Sherpas always move ahead of their clients, therefore, the chances of meeting accidents or other unforeseen events is higher for them. This time, it were Sherpas who lost their lives. In 1996, 8 people were caught in a blizzard and died on Everest, which was later adopted by Jon Krakauer in his bestselling book “Into Thin Air.”
Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) said that the area where the avalanche occurred is nicknamed the ‘popcorn…
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