Search resumes for missing Everest climbers

2014-04-19 07:53
(<a href='http://www.shutterstock.com'>Shutterstock</a>)

(Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Kathmandu - The search for four climbing guides missing on Mount Everest resumed on Saturday following the deaths of 12 others, authorities said.

"The weather has been favourable so far," said Dipendra Poudel, secretary of the Mountain Section of Tourism Ministry.

"But we have no hopes of finding anyone alive, and the death toll is likely to rise.

"Twelve Nepali climbing guides were killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest on Friday.

Seven bodies were airlifted off the mountain and handed over to their relatives in the Everest region on Friday and five others were to be handed over on Saturday.

A team of 50, comprising security personnel, climbers, doctors and government officials, were helping with the search.

Seven people survived the avalanche that hit as the climbers were ascending from the base camp to camp one.

Before the climbing season beings in May, the guides go ahead to set up tents and lay up food and other equipment for climbers.

The guides were employees from five different trekking companies. One of the survivors, Dawa Sherpa, told the local media that the avalanche had hit suddenly when they were queuing up to cross a difficult trail at Khumbu icefall.

"There was no space for us to run or escape. So we huddled together, holding one another tight. But within a very short time, we were all buried."

Concerns have been high recently over the number of tourists on the mountains, in particular after the government this year slashed mountaineering fees.

In 1996, eight climbers were killed on Everest in a snowstorm.

More than 4 000 people have summitted the mountain since the first ascent in 1953 and 400 have died trying.

- SAPA
Read more on:    nepal  |  search and rescue
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
6 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Travel
 

LOL treadmill fail!

Watch this hilarious clip! We think this man should rather be running outside this summer!

 
 

I love summer.24

Google’s top searches of 2014
10 of the strangest Christmas traditions around the world
2014's best drone videos
7 drinks you need to make this party season

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

15% off LEGO

Save 15% when you buy 2 or more Lego toys. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Any chance to explore the distant shores of things yet to be found will fascinate you. The challenge is dealing with the issues...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.