On the morning of April 18, 2014, a massive avalanche roared off the mountain’s West Shoulder and swept down over the Khumbu Ice-fall above Base Camp, killing 16 Nepalese porters. Thirteen of them were ethnic Sherpas, who form the backbone of the Everest climbing industry. It was the worst accident in the history of mountaineering on the world’s highest peak.
According to Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTA), the ministry also decided to promote mountains less than 5,800 meters as trekking peaks.
“By opening such more new peaks, the government believes that mountaineering activities will be developed and promoted in smooth way,” MoCTA said in a press statement today. Continue reading