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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Bid to end Everest dispute

Dean Nelson

Published 24/04/2014 | 02:30

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A portrait of Ankaji Sherpa, who lost his life in an avalanche in Mount Everest last Friday, is seen on a truck carrying his body during a funeral rally of Nepali Sherpa climbers in Kathmandu
A portrait of Ankaji Sherpa, who lost his life in an avalanche in Mount Everest last Friday, is seen on a truck carrying his body during a funeral rally of Nepali Sherpa climbers in Kathmandu

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.

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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)

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