Deadly avalanche claims the lives of Everest's thankless laborers
The Sherpas were toiling at that thankless labor when the mountain collapsed on them. According to Arnette, roughly a hundred Sherpas remain trapped above the avalanche site, their only path to Base Camp blocked. Meanwhile, the government of Nepal announced that the families of deceased would receive 40,000 rupees. Even in death these men remain underappreciated, undervalued. That sum is not quite $415 US dollars.