16 Nepalese guides killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest

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A Buddhist monk lights the funeral pyre of Nepalese climber Ang Kaji Sherpa killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 21, 2014. Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche ever recorded on Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community. The avalanche killed at least 13 Sherpas. Three other Sherpas remain missing and are presumed dead. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

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Nepalese guides on Mount Everest said Tuesday, April 22, 20145, they would abandon this year's climbing season to honour 16 colleagues killed in an avalanche last week, throwing hundreds of mountaineers' plans into chaos.

Scores of foreign climbers have been waiting in base camp after paying tens of thousands of dollars to scale the world's highest peak.

The sherpas perform essential tasks on the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) mountain, carrying equipment and food as well as repairing ladders and fixing ropes to reduce risks for clients. (AFP)

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