Nepal marks anniversary of deadliest Everest avalanche
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Nepal marks anniversary of deadliest Everest avalanche

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hundreds of people have gathered in Nepal’s capital to mark the anniversary of the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest.

After 16 Nepalese Sherpa guides died in the April 18, 2014, disaster, the guides refused to work on the mountain, leading to the cancellation of last year’s climbing season.

On Saturday, the government announced that a portion of the permit fees charged to trekkers and mountaineers would be used for a fund to help people working in Nepal’s trekking industry.

Tourism Secretary Suresh Man Shrestha said the fund would be used for the rescue and rehabilitation of injured trekking and mountaineering guides, and to help the families of workers who are killed.

Also on Saturday, a memorial was held at the offices of the Nepal Mountaineering Association office in Kathmandu.