KATHMANDU, Jan. 30: Ang Nima Sherpa who was one of the oldest serving Sherpa among the Mt. Everest- Khumbu Icefall doctors, passed away in his home village of Pangboche on January 25, 2013. He was 59.
The ´Icefall Doctors´ are Sherpas who set and maintain the safest path through the icefall by laying down a series of ladders across the crevasses.
They stay on the mountain maintaining the route and making sure that the ladders and ropes remain in place to ensure safety of the climbers, said Ang Tshering Sherpa, former chairman of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).
It is an extremely dangerous job with hazards like avalanches, moving glaciers and tumbling seracs threatening them every day, added former Chairman Ang Tshering.