Sherpas attack climbers on Everest – what’s really going on?

A great account of the problems on Everest this week see link below. Follow this link by a world class climber. My opinion for how much it is worth is that in all  my years and 5 trips to the Himalayas I have never had a problem. Too me Sherpas are the finest of people and have ever met and helped me so much in the big mountains. They are a breed apart and I am so honoured to have met such people and shared their hospitality and kindness.The climbers involved are world class mountaineers but why climb in that part of the mountain? Everest is huge with so many unclimbed lines many remote! I can see both sides but unfortunately the Sherpas do not have the access to the media as these stars have. Little has been said by them and I would love to read their account. Already this year one Sherpa has been killed in the ice-fall on Everest and no one but the Sherpas take the risk they do for us to climb for our own personal satisfaction and egos. The Sherpas climb for work and to keep their families. Differing cultures but what great people with no other agendas. A sad period on Everest! I have met some of the worlds best climbers and only a few  like every sport are treated like superstars for their ability in their chosen field.

 Sometimes mountaineers make me so sad and then I get out on the hills and see why I climb even at my limited level.


Sherpas attack climbers on Everest – what’s really going on?.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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6 Responses to Sherpas attack climbers on Everest – what’s really going on?

  1. Alan says:

    I’m not going to take sides here as I wasn’t there. So any comments are my own generalisations of the position I saw a few years ago. I’ve been to Nepal on several occasions. I’ve climbed in the past with Sherpas such as Pertemba. Great lad as are most Sherpas. Indeed most of the Nepalese tribes I’ve found to be pretty friendly. On a more up to date occasion I came down from an 8,000 metre peak to camp 1 [Note NOT Everest] I was pretty bushed. A group of climbing Sherpas were grouped around chatting away & drinking tea. Apart from a grunt I could have been a ghost. No “chat” & no cup of tea or juice was offered. I would have “expected” this as it was what most climbers would have done on such a big mountain.. So are the climbing Sherpas (some of them?) just getting a little too big for their boots……


    • heavywhalley says:

      Thanks for your comments, it seems a sad tale overall, and maybe the truth will come out. There is never a justification for violence!


    • heavywhalley says:

      Thanks for the comment – it is a sad affair, whatever happened some of it is harrowing reading is a tragedy, I have never had a problem but I feel it is the way you treat people not just in the mountains but in life. There are good and bad in all of us but I have only seen the good side, the selfish carrying off casualties and the clearing of rubbish that we leave on these scared mountains.


  2. Alan says:

    Got to agree with your sentiments 100%. I abhor violence of any kind. Good & bad….sometimes seems to be more of the latter around but it comes of being a BOF I suppose. Just keep up your blogging view of life……nae much bad there!


  3. As a complete novice (but working on it) who has an ambition to climb at altitude and will be travelling to Nepal later this year hopefully to advance my training I read this story with interest.

    It appears out of keeping with all he stories I have read, and of course it is difficult to pass comment on this particular instance. However, I’m with you completely one should always treat others as they would like to be treated and I trust this was an isolated incident.

    I have a view to Everest, and have an ambition to at least be in a position of expertise and fitness that I might actually be able to seriously consider it. But to your point of there being many routes on Everest, I have often thought that there are also many mountains that can be climbed, Everest does not have to be the holy grail….

    Cheers, Baz


  4. heavywhalley says:

    There are so many other alternatives in the Himalayas but the lure of Everest is always there – just go out and enjoy this wonderful land and its people. Do not be put off by these stories, you only live once, the thing is to live!


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