Safer Himalayas

– Anustha Shrestha

April 18, 2014 started out as just a regular day for Abiral Rai, a young mountain guide. But it became a time of unexpected horror when he bore witness to an avalanche that swept through the Everest region. In this avalanche, 16 mountain guides lost their lives.

Unexpected accidents and deaths are common in the mountains of Nepal. Since 2000, about 110 people from Nepal and foreign countries have lost their lives in avalanches. In 2015 alone, an avalanche triggered by a 7.8 Richter scale earthquake claimed the lives of 19 Nepali and foreign climbers in the Everest region.