At least 12 Nepalese guides are dead following an avalanche on Mount Everest. The Sherpa were fixing ropes early this morning for other climbers when the avalanche hit them just below Camp 2.
So far rescue workers have pulled out 12 bodies from under mounds of snow and ice but are still searching for the three missing guides.
Two Sherpas who were injured were taken by helicopter to hospitals in Nepal’s capital, Katmandu.
Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association said the area where the avalanche hit is nicknamed the “popcorn field” and is just below Camp 2 at 6,400 meters (21,000 feet).