Truce reached after fight between climbers and Sherpas near Everest summit
Nepal's Mountaineering Department said a truce was reached at base camp
Wednesday 01 May 2013
A truce has been agreed between three foreign climbers and Nepalese Sherpa guides who were involved in a fight on Everest.
But two of the climbers have returned to Nepal's capital and were undecided if they would quit their climb.
Nepal's Mountaineering Department said a truce was reached at base camp between the Italian, Briton and Swiss - and the Sherpas on Tuesday.
Nima Nuru of Cho-Oyu Trekking, who equipped the expedition, said Swiss climber Ueli Steck and British climber Jonathan Griffith flew to Katmandu by helicopter and Italian Simone Moro also was planning to return.
Nepalese officials are investigating the fight, which both sides accuse the other of starting.
Sumit Joshi, a mountain guide from Australia, said from the Everest base camp that the argument started when the Sherpa guides, who were fixing ropes and digging a path on the snowy trail above Camp 2, asked the climbers to wait until they were finished. He said the climbers ignored them and started upwards, knocking ice chunks onto the Sherpas below.
The foreign climbers yelled "foul words" during an argument, he said.
On their return to Camp 2 later in the evening, the three climbers were surrounded by 30-40 Sherpas and there was a scuffle and punches were thrown, Mr Joshi said. Other climbers at the camp, located at 21,300 feet, were able to stop the fight and once the climbers returned to the base camp a truce was reached, he said.
Hundreds of climbers from 32 expeditions and their Sherpa guides and helpers are at the base camp waiting for the window of good weather in May to make their way to the 29,035 foot summit. Spring is considered the best season to climb.
Nepal will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the conquest of Everest next month.
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An opportunity has arisen for a...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An exciting opportunity to join...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We have an excellent role for a...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: An IT Support Analyst is required to join the ...