American Himalayan Foundation creates fund for families of Sherpa avalanche victims

An honorary procession in Kathmandu for eight of the Sherpa victims of last Friday's Mt. Everest avalanche preceding their Buddhist cremation. Photo © Thomas Kelly.

An honorary procession in Kathmandu for eight of the Sherpa victims of last Friday’s Mt. Everest avalanche, preceding their Buddhist cremation

Buddhist cremation ceremonies were conducted Monday for eight of the thirteen Sherpa mountaineering guides who were killed on Friday, April 18, in an avalanche on Mt. Everest while making advance preparations for foreign climbers. The bodies were transported in an honorary procession through the streets of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, culminating in the cremation at the religious complex surrounding the Swayambhunath stupa. Three other guides were hospitalized with critical injuries, while a search continues for a further three who are unaccounted for.

The American Himalayan Foundation has created a Sherpa Family Fund, promising that “100% of donations will go directly to help the families of the deceased.” See their announcement here.

Special thanks to Kathmandu-based photographer Thomas Kelly for providing the image above. It’s from a series of ten he took during the funeral procession, and Kelly intends to donate the proceeds from any sales of these images to support the children of his friend Ang Kaji Sherpa.

Further images and story details may be seen here. Photo © Thomas Kelly.