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Nepalese-owned operators take lead on world's highest peaks


Added 01-20-20 11:03:02pm EST - “Once relegated to support staff, Nepalese climbers famous for their skills on the world's highest peaks are emerging out of the shadows of their Western peers.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Nepalese-owned operators take lead on world’s highest peaks”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Once relegated to support staff, Nepalese climbers famous for their skills on the world’s highest peaks are emerging out of the shadows of their Western peers.

They now dominate the lucrative industry in the Himalayan nation. Sherpa-owned companies have lowered the cost of expeditions, leading to record numbers on the peaks but also a higher death toll.

Eleven people died in 2019, the largest toll in four years, some of whom suffered cardiac arrest while waiting to make the final summit to Everest. There were 1,136 climbers in Nepal last year, about 40% more than in 2013.

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Since climbers began attempting to reach Mount Everest a century ago, the industry has been controlled by Western companies relying upon Sherpas as guides and porters.

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