Wanaka firm Adventure Consultants has cancelled its 2014
Everest expedition following Friday's fatal avalanche.
Thirteen Sherpa and Nepalese were killed in the avalanche,
and another three remain missing, presumed dead.
Three of those killed were working for Adventure Consultants.
Speaking from Kathmandu yesterday, Adventure Consultants
chief executive Guy Cotter, of Wanaka, said the decision to
abandon this year's expedition was made after much
consultation, and out of respect for those killed and those
It is the first time Adventure Consultants, which has
operated annual Everest treks since 1992, has cancelled one.
This expedition - which has 37 team members including 27 from
Nepal - includes four Wanaka residents and six climbers from
the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, Ukraine and Iceland.
All expedition members were yesterday at Base Camp, where a
service for the dead was held.
Mr Cotter said team members, along with the entire climbing
community, were still ''in shock'' over the ''enormity'' of
They will spend the next month dismantling their camp and
making their way down from Base Camp.
Mr Cotter plans to leave Nepal for New Zealand next week.
''Now a decision has been made, it gives everybody the
opportunity to get on with things and move forward. I think
everybody was in a state of limbo, not knowing where things
were going, and during the heat of it all there was a lot of
emotion involved,'' he said.
At least one other expedition, by a United States company,
has also been cancelled and others may be abandoned in the
Sherpas have threatened a strike unless promised greater
government compensation for the families of those killed on
''There's a stand-down period for a week where nobody's going
anywhere near the mountain. All the Sherpa teams are from the
same village or related to some of the people who passed away
so everybody is affected - it goes through the whole
community,'' Mr Cotter said.
Adventure Consultants general manager Suze Kelly, of Wanaka,
said the company was negotiating wages and compensation with
its Sherpas and other Nepalese expedition members.
''It's been a very tough time for them as they're all in a
state of shock and still grieving.
''We are looking after all our staff, and we need to be able
to give them room to recover from the enormity of what's
happened,'' she said.
The company would also try to reach the ''best outcome'' for
the six climbers who had paid to be part of the expedition,
Ms Kelly said.
''If we can do a partial refund, or a reduced cost for them
to do the expedition next year, we'll try to do what we can.
Like any mountain that you attempt to climb, the outcome is
never certain and it's a difficult situation.''