Last week a huge icefall started a deadly avalanche that took the life of 16 sherpas. The Sherpas were fixing ropes ahead of paying climbers when the deadly event took place. Now Everest’s famed sherpas have gone on strike demanding better pay and higher compensation.
Sherpas have been a vital part to all Everest expeditions since Sir Edmund Hillary and his trusted sherpa Tenzing Norgay made the first ascent in 1953. The Sherpas are tasked with the vital responsibility of carrying the expedition’s gear and supplies as well as putting in fixed ropes and ladders.
Now the Sherpas have said they will not work this season unless their grievances are met.
They grievances include increased pay, better medical insurance and an improvement in the offer of $415 offered to the families of those who died last week. They want $10,400 to be given.
Government officials are considering the demands and deciding what to do next.
The Everest climbers bring in large amounts of money to an otherwise impoverished area.
The strike has stranded 300 people Base Camp and has put a halt to any attempts at the summit this season.