Why Sherpas Climb

Although the climbing industry has taken a heavy toll on Sherpa families, it has also brought income and opportunity. Sherpas talk about why they risk such danger—such as the avalanche on Mount Everest that killed 16 expedition workers on April 18, 2014—to help climbers summit difficult peaks.

Read more about the April avalanche, and how it changed life on Everest, online in National Geographic magazine.