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Foreigners might never return to Climb Everest2014-05-01 16:37:40

Dreams shattered and counting their losses, many foreign climbers say they might never return to Nepal to climb Everest, Upset by ugly scenes at base camp and what they see as the government’s mismanagement of the peak. Climbing Everest from the Nepali side – the easiest and most popular trail up the world’s highest peak-has been effectively closed this season after the worst ever accident on April 18.
Sixteen Nepali Sherpa guides died in an avalanche, sparking a labor dispute between them and government and a boycott that foreign expeditions no choice but to abandon their plans.
The 52 year old hired two personal trainers spent upwards of $ 40,000 and took 10 weeks off from his job running a motorcycle dealership in Nebraska all for an opportunity to reach the summit of the 8,848 meter mountain.
Seasoned climbers returning from Everest Base Camp described a tense atmosphere, saying it revived memories of last year’s infamous brawl between three Europeans and a group of Sherpas that shocked the mountaineering community.
The disaster has highlighted the huge risks borne by guides on behalf of foreign clients and fuelled demands for better death and injury benefits after the government initially offered $400 to families of the bereaved. 

The former head of Nepal tourism board, Prachanda Man Shrestha, said that the closure would have implications for the tourism industry, one of the country’s top earners of foreign currency. Nepal earns more $ 3 million from Everest Climbing fees annually. 

Although officials have promised foreigners that their climbing permits, usally at least $ 11,000 a piece, will be extended for five years, many frustrated mountaineers they will try to scale Everest from China instead.

Source: The Himalayan Times 

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