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Three foreigners thrashed at Everest base camp

  

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Jonathan Griffith (L) Ueli Steck (C) Simone Moro (R)

MANOJ KUMAR SHRESTHA

SOLUKHUMBU: Three foreigners preparing to scale Mt Everest got thrashed near Camp-II yesterday afternoon.

Workers associated with Expedition Operators’ Association beat up the foreigners‚ who had set out on the expedition through the Kathmandu-based Cho-Oyu Treks‚ in a dispute over rope fixing.

A government official at the Everest base camp identified the injured as Italian citizen Simone Moro‚ who is associated with Fishtail Air‚ British national Jonathan Griffith and Swiss national Ueli Steck.

The two sides have their own versions of the incident. The injured tourists said they got attacked for no apparent reason‚ whereas the workers claimed that they retaliated after Italian citizen Moro threatened them identifying himself as an international tourist guide. Moro and Griffith have sustained minor injuries‚ while Steck has received a deep cut on his face.

Preparations are on to airlift Steck to Kathmandu from Lukla. The other two were taken to the base camp for treatment last evening.

Nimanuru Sherpa‚ managing director of the Cho-Oyu Treks‚ said injured tourists have threatened to quit the expedition if they do not get security guarantee. He urged the government to provide security to the tourists. “This incident has saddened me as it will tarnish Nepal’s image in the world‚” Sherpa complained.

Communication officer at the Everest base camp‚ Da Dendi Sherpa‚ said‚ “Facts will come out as the investigation into the incident has already begun.”

Meanwhile‚ Solukhumbu chief district officer and police chief have pledged to arrest the guilty on the basis of investigation. DSP Sudansingh Basnet said his office has already deployed police personnel for a probe. CDO Sitaram Karki assured foreign tourists that they would be provided with security‚ adding that the guilty will be booked and punished after the probe.

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well commented PM! if they were great why did they even need them. The truth is even the first conqueror Edmund Hillary would not have made it without the great contribution and support of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa back in 50s. Dinesh Adhikari, Kathmandu

well said Mr. PM, ON. Alpinist or whatever, they are tourist of Nepal and not the citizens. If you live in Rome, you should dress like Romans. Just like that, they should respect Sherpas and their decisions. I think this is the result of arrogance of westerners which is taking a form of extremism in a way. They think they are the best and can do whatever they want anywhere. If Moro has done something for the region, it is in his own interest, as his passion is climbing mountains. Being the great climber does not make him a great human being. Dinesh Adhikari, Kathmandu

Being the strongest alpinist in the world does not mean being a respectful person. I don't believe there is such a thig as "being beat up for no reason at all". But it doesn't matter if they were justified or not, this is a stain on the reputation of the Nepalese people and Sherpas in general. Sad story. David, Canada

these tourist are given a good lesson by sherpa .When the Sherpas were fixing rope and making way in camp 2 to camp 3 these stupid foreigners didn't listen these sherpa as Sherpas request them not to go but beside listening their request they just went and threwd ice on these Sherpa which may nearly kill them too.so being mankind I don't think anyone just keep quite and sit there so they just taught a good lesson to these white guys ..so everyone you should know that not every tourist are good some are cruel .they don't how to respect these Sherpas who risk their lives to get them on top .so i just want to salute these sherpas for their hardwork ,determination .. durzsanm, everest base camp

I doubt the Sherpas will just go and attack these 3 individuals. I'm guessing this is a case of egotistical tourist being taught a lesson in adhering to local culture. Da, Canada

Simone Moro is a world-class climeber, who made 4 first winter ascents of 8000m summits. He was climbing in alpine style, so no use complaining about "tourists" and "disrespect for sherpas". Maybe they were angry because he didn't hire them... BTW he's also a heli rescue pilot, and has done much good to the region. John Layhand, Europe

Ueli and crew didn't respect sherpa's instructions and work, also being arrogant towards them. On the other side sherpa's reaction is clearly inexcusable. Alex Diot, french alps

Don't know what happened, but to call Moro, Steck and Griffin tourists is an insult in itself. They are among the strongest alpinists in the world. Matteo Rizzardi, Italy

If he is so great why does he need a Sherpa? PM, ON

Wow, did they realize that they messed with Ueli Steck? They are quite stupid. Pam, Cultus Lake BC

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