Local Mountaineer Says Sherpa Not Climbing Over Spiritual Concerns

Updated: 04/23/2014 9:35 PM
Created: 04/22/2014 10:54 PM
By: Tim Sherno

Following last week's avalanche on Mount Everest, reports confirm many Sherpa are not returning to the mountain, putting the short climbing season in jeopardy.

The government in Nepal is said to be working with the Sherpa in order to save the climbing season by offering financial support for the families of recent avalanche victims, a local man who has climbed Everest says the reluctance is about more than money.

Mountaineer Hugo Searle works as a guide through his company High Adventure Expeditions. He says the mountains have spiritual significance to the Sherpa, and that spirituality is contributing to the reluctance to climb following the avalanche, "Some of them feel that it may be the result of some spiritual trespassing, that maybe they're not supposed to be on the mountain. Maybe they haven't been taking care of the  mountain, maybe that haven't been clearing up the mountain or getting the right blessings to on the mountain."

The climbing season is short, and there is concern that it could be lost. Searle says this has happened before after an avalanche on another mountain, he believes the Sherpa will return.


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