Kathmandu - The search for four climbing guides missing
on Mount Everest resumed on Saturday following the deaths of 12 others,
"The weather has been favourable so far," said
Dipendra Poudel, secretary of the Mountain Section of Tourism Ministry.
"But we have no hopes of finding anyone alive, and
the death toll is likely to rise.
"Twelve Nepali climbing guides were killed in an
avalanche on Mount Everest on Friday.
Seven bodies were airlifted off the mountain and handed
over to their relatives in the Everest region on Friday and five others were to
be handed over on Saturday.
A team of 50, comprising security personnel, climbers,
doctors and government officials, were helping with the search.
Seven people survived the avalanche that hit as the
climbers were ascending from the base camp to camp one.
Before the climbing season beings in May, the guides go
ahead to set up tents and lay up food and other equipment for climbers.
The guides were employees from five different trekking
companies. One of the survivors, Dawa Sherpa, told the local media that the
avalanche had hit suddenly when they were queuing up to cross a difficult trail
at Khumbu icefall.
"There was no space for us to run or escape. So we
huddled together, holding one another tight. But within a very short time, we
were all buried."
Concerns have been high recently over the number of
tourists on the mountains, in particular after the government this year slashed
In 1996, eight climbers were killed on Everest in a
More than 4 000 people have summitted the mountain since
the first ascent in 1953 and 400 have died trying.