Nepali climbers and support staff destitute after Everest closure

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Guides, sherpas and cooks struggling to feed families due to loss of income from coronavirus measures

Nepali climbers who earn a living supporting international mountaineering expeditions to summit Everest have been pushed into destitution by the cancellation of this year’s climbing season, and some are struggling to feed their families.

Fundraising drives have been launched by climbers to support the community of porters and cooks and lower-paid guides left without any income since the Nepali government cancelled all climbing permits and stopped international flights, just as the peak spring trekking and climbing season was getting under way.

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Written by Roshan Sedhai in Kathmandu, Amelia Gentleman and Pete Pattisson
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/06/nepal-climbers-support-staff-destitute-everest-closure-coronavirus under the title “Nepali climbers and support staff destitute after Everest closure”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.