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Everest avalanche: 12 bodies retrieved from snow so far, say officials

Published on Apr 18, 2014 6:40 PM
 
In this photograph taken on Dec 4, 2009, Mount Everest is seen from the Kalapattar Plateau some 140km northeast of Kathmandu. At least 12 Nepalese guides preparing routes up Mount Everest for commercial climbers were killed Friday, April 18, 2014, by an avalanche in the most deadly mountaineering accident ever on the world's highest peak, officials and rescuers say. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

KATHMANDU (AFP) - At least 12 Nepalese guides preparing routes up Mount Everest for commercial climbers were killed Friday by an avalanche in the most deadly mountaineering accident ever on the world's highest peak, officials and rescuers say.

The men were among a large party of Sherpas carrying tents, food and ropes who headed out in bright sunshine in an early morning expedition ahead of the main climbing season starting later this month.

The avalanche occurred at around 6.45am at an altitude of about 5,800m in an area known as the "popcorn field", which lies on the route into the treacherous Khumbu icefall.

"We have retrieved 12 bodies from the snow, we don't know how many more are trapped underneath," Nepal Tourism Ministry official Dipendra Paudel told AFP in Kathmandu.

 
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