Bid to end Everest dispute
NEPAL'S government has sent a delegation to Mount Everest's Base Camp in an attempt to persuade Sherpa leaders to withdraw their threat to boycott the rest of the climbing season following the death of 16 guides in an avalanche last week.
Tension is running high at the camp among the 400 Sherpas there, with many demanding that all climbs to the 29,035ft summit be abandoned for the rest of the season. The threat of a boycott has alarmed the government, which fears the financial impact of cancellation. Sherpas have demanded a relief fund for injured guides to be funded by climbers' fees paid to the government and life insurance payments to widows to be doubled to €14,500. (© Daily Telegraph, London)