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Sherpa attack mob angry at 'luxury' trade

SHERPAS who attacked three European climbers on Everest were angry at the disrespect shown by "luxury adventurers" who demand tea in their tent on the world's highest peak, a British member of the group has claimed.

Jonathan Griffith was one of three European mountaineers attacked on Saturday by up to 100 sherpa guides. He said that in the past 20 years, the deep respect shown to Sherpas by committed mountaineers had given way to insensitivity from "luxury adventurers".

"The big commercial operator out here said they (the Sherpas) hate Westerners and that's been the problem for the last few years," he said.

"People are paying an awful lot of money to be here and they (the Sherpas) are carrying up these huge luxury tents. They are angry at this financial gap on their mountain. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent