NYC Sherpas Mourn Those Killed on Everest

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Passang T. Sherpa, a climber who also works at Tent & Trails, downtown. He is haunted by the deaths of Sherpas on Everest and fears his people are dying off. (WNYC/Arun Venugopal)

The deaths of 16 guides on Mount Everest last week has prompted an industry crisis in Nepal, with dozens of Sherpas packing up and government officials desperately trying to salvage the climbing season. The largest community of Sherpas in America resides in Queens, and for many of them, climbing dangerous mountains brings their people glory, but also the constant fear of death. 


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