Back in 2014, as many as 17 Sherpas, inhabitants of the Khumbu-valley, the national park surrounding Everest, lost their lives on Mount Everest, with 16 (the highest in history) dying on a single day (April 18) in an avalanche.
And the 2015 Nepal earthquake have added to their worries. According to data from a satellite set up in 2005 by China’s National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation, the Mount Everest shifted three centimeters southwest after the 7.8-magnitude quake on April 25.
There are also many Nepalese guides, who even though continue to put themselves at risk so they can take climbers to the summit’s top, question if it is really worth it especially looking at how furious the nature has been in the last two years.
Though initially the Nepalese government had requested mountaineers not to cancel their expeditions, the second quake in May had only compelled the authorities to abandon plans for at least some time and the mountain had remained closed till August, 26, 2015.