Friday, April 18
(Kathmandu) -- At least a dozen Sherpa guides are dead after an avalanche swept down a slope on Mount Everest. A Tourism Ministry official says three mountaineering guides were also hurt today and up to five people are missing. It's the first major avalanche of the climbing season and the deadliest in eight years. The rush of snow hit the most popular route to Mount Everest's peak. Hundreds of foreign and Nepali climbers are preparing to scale the mountain in May when the spring climbing season starts.