Update on avalanche on Everest- 23 April
2014-04-23


Thank you very much for your concern over the avalanche occurred on Everest on 18 April 2014 at 5800 m of Everest. We also would like to mention that all of your condolence messages have conveyed  to all the bereaved families and we are very grateful for all of your serious concern. We are receiving so many numbers of enquiries from all the around the world and we are in the process of creating the cordial environment for the expeditions to run.

We would like to share some vital information about the current situation.

Abandon of expedition
I would like confirm that we have not received any confirmation regarding the abandon of the expeditions on Everest. Whatever the news disseminated in the media about the abandon of the expedition is false and does not any hold any sense. Yes, Nepalese mountaineers are in deep sorrow after the huge human loss and they are trying to cope with the situation. They are trying to be mentally prepared for the expedition and it will take some time to return in the normal situation.

Demands of climbers:
I also would like to confirm that support climbers have forwarded some demands concerned with insurance, remuneration, future of the children of dead and missing climbers, injured climbers etc. The demands had already been addressed by Government of Nepal. Please visit the following links for the press statement:
http://nepalmountaineering.org/newspage-129-Press%20statement%20released%20by%20Ministry%20of%20Culture,%20Tourism%20and%20Civil%20Aviation-%2022%20April
http://nepalmountaineering.org/newspage-128-Minute%20of%20Emergency%20Joint%20Meeting

High official visit to Everest BC:
Government of Nepal has decided to dispatch high officials for the visit with Nepalese climbers, high altitude workers, sardar staying at BC to circulate the message about the recent decision. The delegation team will have the representatives of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal National Mountain Guide Association (NNMGA) and Expedition  Operators' Association of Nepal (EOAN), Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC).

Welfare Program:
We are receiving numbers of emails with the interest to support the families of deceased and missing mountaineers. Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has already decided to give responsibility NMA to formulate welfare program for the children and families.  We will finalize the terms of condition for the operation of fund received from different alpine clubs, climbers, well-wishers, associations. All the details of this procedure will be forwarded once we come into conclusion.

Our request:
We are very sorry for not responding your mails on time since we are very much engaged in conducting rescue operation and safe handing over of the dead climbers to their families. After that, we had to be involved in funeral procession for the deceased climbers, which was organized on 21 April 2014. Presently, we are in series of discussion with government officials, international expedition leaders, Nepalese climbers, high altitude workers, sardar to settle down the issue and resume the expedition. I also would like to circulate the information and news on the basis of fact and supportive documents.
Mountaineering tourism is very important for us and it is the backbone of our tourism industries. Mountain tourism plays a special role in the income generation and employment opportunity for most of the people living in the Himalayan region, hence, the failure of mountain tourism means the failure of whole tourism economy. We are trying our best to save this industry and we need support from all of you on this matter. Therefore, on behalf of NMA, I would like to request all of you to consider our situation and help us to save this industry.

Thanks and regards

Ang Tshering Sherpa
President