Mt. Everest guide calls for better working conditions for Sherpas
"When my father and Hillary climbed Mt. Everest that was as close to the moon as anybody had been." -- Norbu Tenzing, son of Tenzing Norquay who first climbed Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953
Last April, an avalanche struck the Khumbu Icefall on Mount Everest, right in the middle of climbing season. It hit with such force that it killed 16 Sherpas. Climbing stopped for the season after that.
Since then, there has been an on-going discussion about what can and should be done to make the climbs safer for everyone involved, but especially for the Sherpas.
Pasang Lhamu Sherpa is one of the few Nepalese women who works as a mountaineering guide and climbing instructor. She has climbed Everest and she was on the mountain on the day of the avalanche last April.
This segment was produced by The Current's Ines Colabrese.
♦ Mapping the Killer Path of the Everest Avalanche - National Geographic
♦ Sherpas must decide whether to climb again - LA Times
♦ Safety fears prompt change to Everest climbing route - BBC News