Mt Everest. Photo Getty
A Mt Everest expedition run by a Wanaka-based company is
mourning the loss of three of its Sherpas in an avalanche which
engulfed 30 people.
The toll - 12 dead, with four missing - is the worst in a
single day in the history of the world's highest mountain.
The members of an expedition organised by Adventure
Consultants were at base camp when a chunk of ice broke and
triggered the avalanche on Friday but the expedition's
Sherpas were in its path. Three were killed and one was
"With heavy hearts we are grieving for the loss of our Sherpa
friends in yesterday's avalanche on Mt Everest," general
manager Suze Kelly said today.
"The news that as many as 16 climbing Sherpa have perished in
the icefall yesterday is coming through today, and we have
lost three of our Sherpas from the Adventure Consultants
The company named the Sherpas as Phurba Ongyal Sherpa from
Pangboche, Lakpa Tenjing Sherpa from Khumjung and Chhring
Ongchu Sherpa from Khumjung.