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Closing Everest impacts Sherpas

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April 1, 2020

Everest is closed, Sherpas left in cold

      The coronavirus has forced the shut down of the world’s tallest mountain and threatened the livelihood of the famed local Sherpas.

The Himalayas have been closed by the global shutdown of borders and air travel.

Nepal suspended permits for all mountain expeditions on March 12, effectively closing its peaks. In doing so it cost at least four million dollars in lost revenue from climbing permits. An Everest permit alone costs $11,000.

Sherpa and other guides are often the sole breadwinners for their families, and they now face a more desperate problem; The Everest season runs from early April to the end of May, and what a guide earns will feed his family for the whole year. Guides could earn between $5,000 and $10,000 during the season, and now that income is gone.

Last year’s spring season saw a record 885 people jam-packed along the route to the summit Everest. Base camp is deserted due to the coronavirus. Lives and dreams are all put on hold for now.

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Attributes: AASNSports; HimalayanTimes



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