Ice doctors return to Everest after deadliest mountain disaster

In the latest sign that Nepal is returning to normal after the deadly earthquakes in April and May this year, ice doctors have returned to the Khumbu Icefall to prepare the slopes of Sagarmatha (Mt Everest) for climbers.

Hikers on the Khumbu Icefall.

Hikers on the Khumbu Icefall. Image by Mahatma4711 / CC BY 2.0

During the April 25 tremor, an avalanche killed eighteen climbers and Sherpas at Everest Base Camp, the deadliest mountaineering disaster in the mountain’s history. Officials are citing the move as further proof that Nepal is ready and open for tourism following its worst natural disaster in almost a century. Read more:

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