'I Solemnly swear not to throw rocks and stab people on Mount Everest...'

Everest Base Camp is a strange place. I know, I lived there for a few days in 2010. But there’s an all-time weirdness high on Mount Everest this week. Check out the latest news from the planet’s highest peak:

This handwritten “armistice” document is the first page of a peace treaty of sorts between the embattled Sherpa guides and the Western climbers who made them mad. (Indeed, mad enough to make the Sherpas punch, kick, hurl stones, and even stab one of the world’s most followed alpinists last weekend at around 7,200 meters high on the mountain face!)

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Ad hoc peace treaty assembled and signed in a tent at 17,500 feet at base camp on Mount Everest

Ueli Steck and Simone Moro (two of the world’s most famous alpinists) as well as their photographer Jonathan Griffith were assaulted on the peak last weekend. The calamity can be read about here, “Fist Fight on Mount Everest? Bizarre story out of Nepal.”

This story is making international headlines. Ueli Steck today announced he is not going back to Everest. “Who can assure me that the angry mob [will] not cut my rope or burn my tent” if I go back,” he’s quoted in an interview on SwissInfo.ch.

As if bottled oxygen, performance-enhancing drugs, dead bodies left on the side of the route, and rich men paying tens of thousands of dollars to wait in line on fixed ropes weren’t making Mount Everest strange enough…. well, now we have death threats, rock hurling, and a weird document that looks to have been written on a rutted table at a tea house and rushed to Base Camp last night.

Jeez, you can blame the thin air and lack of oxygen with a lot. But this is too much, too weird.

—Stephen Regenold

Posted by Mauriksd - 05/01/2013 02:11 AM

Whatever the reason violence is always unacceptable, especially in such a hostile place. The story is really scary and changes my perception on sherpas. A lynch mob on top of the highest mountains. Who wouls have thought.

Posted by Gregg J Gagliardi - 05/01/2013 02:58 PM

I say we forget about this peak. It is no longer a real mountaineering objective, just an expensive tourist destination. Let the Sherpas lead treks. Leave the mountain alone. We have overstayed our visit.

Posted by OldNSlow - 05/06/2013 05:39 PM

Yes, let’s all jump on the bandwagon and assume that Sherpas really are a bloodthirsty race, bent on killing us westerners. Come on. Two sides to every story, and while violence should never be condoned, they don’t have the access or media savvy to get their own story out there. After everything the Sherpas have done over the years and every rescue they have facilitated, we should at least listen to them.

Posted by Ashish Ghimire - 05/20/2013 12:51 AM

First of all the title of this writeup is misguiding….and secondly you all have heard just one side of the story…look deep and when you read the interview of other witnesses(not nepalese) you can see who started the brawl…Sherpas are usually calm people who mind their own business and do not bother others…they are very warm hearted…so think there must be something big that made them so furious…In Nepal we treat guest as God but that does not mean we enslave ourselves….

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