Fight between Sherpa and Climbers in Mt. Everest (Updating Live)

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It is weird news that there has been fight between climbing Sherpas and two three European climbers near Camp III Camp II. According to himalisanchar.com, European climbers are Swiss citizen Ueli Steck, Italian Simone Moro and British photographer Jon Griffith. The reason for fight is unknown.

There are two versions story. One version said that European climbers ignored orders to hold their climb while the Sherpas were rigging ropes. While version two (Mr Moro) said that “lead Sherpa was felt that his pride had been damaged as the climbers were moving unroped and much faster”.

The European climbers were attempting to climb Mt. Everest by a new “undisclosed” route without supplementary oxygen, ignored the request and carried on. According to eye witnessed, “The Sherpas told the team not to climb above them while they were fixing the ropes but they did it anyway. Then some ice fell and hit the Sherpas, which made them angry,”.

 

By now (April 29, 2013 GMT 00::20), all European climbers returned to Everest Base Camp for the safety. It is unknown that how big fight was. An American eye witnessed told AFP that fight was terrifying. He told that Sherpa punched and kicked the climbers.

Mt. Everest, world’s highest peak, is 8,848m high from sea level. It is situated in border of Nepal and China, in Himalayan range. The first ascent was done by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgey Sherpa in 1953. Since than, about 3,000 people have scaled Mount Everest.

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Everest Fight Update

(GMT 02:30)
Raj Kumar, a police constable in Lukla, told AFP that Steck spent the night at a hospital near the airport in the town but was “totally normal” and did not show any sign of injuries.

 

Update (GMT 02:30)
Tourism Ministry official Dipendra Paudel said the government would ensure the safety and security of the climbers.

 

(GMT 02:40)
Nepalese official quickly responded the incident safety and security of climbers. Dipendra Paudel (Tourism Ministry official) said the government would ensure the safety and security of the climbers.

“There was a slight misunderstanding and communication gap between them,” Paudel said in Kathmandu after contacting the base camp. “This has been sorted out and the climbers are at the base camp.”. He said the European climbers would resume their bid to climb Everest.

 

(GMT 02:50)
Beni Hyoju told that “(Steck) has now agreed to continue the climb after local administration assured proper security,” Hyoju said. “Sherpas who were responsible for the fight will offer (an) apology.”

 

(GMT 02:50)
There are 32 Everest Expeditions team on Mount Everest in the this climbing season which continues through May.

 

(GMT 03:00)
Nepalese authorities are investigating reports of a fight on Mount Everest, between climbers and Sherpa guides.

 

(GMT 03:50)
Anish Gupta of Cho-Oyu Trekking told AFP that Swiss national Ueli Steck had descended the mountain and was currently waiting for a flight back to Kathmandu.

(GMT 06:10, May 1, 2013) – Sherpa side story
The story above is more about European climber’s side based on Moro’s blog and press release. Here’s Sherpa side story:

All expedition leaders and Sherpa Sirdars were invited and attended a meeting in Everest base camp to discuss the rope fixing strategy for this season on Everest. At this meeting everyone had a chance to suggest the best strategy and route to safely climb the mountain. The meeting concluded with the nomination of fixing Sherpas (the best available) and the suitable dates to complete the work. It was also agreed at the meeting by all the expedition leaders that nobody would be climbing on the route on these dates except the fixing team. That while these young men were working to fix the route for all expeditions at base camp, no expedition would disrupt or create a distraction for them. Unfortunately, Simone Moro did not attend this meeting, and might not have been aware that this protocol is an unwritten rule on Everest.

Read full story at http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2013/04/30/everest-2013-the-sherpas-viewpoint/

 

More Information

  1. Simone Moro – Wikipedia Page
  2. Simone Moro – Blog
  3. Jon Griffith – Facebook fan page
  4. Jon Griffith – Official home page
  5. Uli Steck – Wikipedia Page
  6. Uli Steck – Facebook fan page
  7. Uli Steck – Official home page