Despite Avalanche, Earthquake, Trekkers Still Scaling Everest
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People travel from around the world to climb Mount Everest. Some have dreamed their whole lives of scaling the massive summit.
A huge avalanche in 2014 and an earthquake in 2015 haven’t stopped climbers from traveling to the highest mountain in the world. Hundreds of climbers have returned since, the Associated Press reported.
About 40 percent fewer climbers have trekked across Nepal this year compared to last, Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal told AP. But that is still good news for local businesses.
Pemba Sherpa, who runs a guesthouse in Pheriche, said they are seeing many more trekkers than they had expected after the two back-to-back disasters.
"The climbers and trekkers who have reached here are very happy — satisfied at the condition of the mountain and not scared anymore," Sherpa told AP. He added that: "If there are any problems this year, then we are all finished. It will all end."
More than 250 people have died on Mount Everest since 1953, when Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary were the first to summit the mountain, according to AP.
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