A sherpa helping a team of climbers tackle Mount Everest with a Sheffield expedition company has been killed after an avalanche.
Another local sherpa with the group from Jagged Globe is in hospital with a head injury after the tragedy struck while guides fixed ropes and prepared the slopes for mountaineers.
Ten climbers from the UK - including leader Chris Groves, who lives in the High Peak - were at base camp on the world’s highest mountain at the time.
Tom Briggs, director at Jagged Globe, based in Neepsend, said: “Sadly one of our sherpas has been killed and another is in hospital with a head injury -we had six sherpas involved in the accident.
“The climbers are currently in base camp so they are safe.
“We had contact from one of our leaders to tell us what had happened.
“It is obviously very sad for us that a sherpa has been killed.”
Nepali officials said at least 12 sherpas had been killed by the avalanche, which struck just above base camp at 19,000ft, at around 1am UK time on Friday.
A search and rescue mission was underway.
The climbers from Jagged Globe - who have been blogging about their adventure - left the country at the start of April and were due to complete by the end of May.
Mr Briggs said he did not know whether they would call off the expedition.
He added: “That is up to the team but it is too early to say.
“We have been going to Everest every year since 1993, so we do get people who do it every year.”
Jagged Globe organises mountaineering expeditions, courses, adventurous skiing and high-altitude treks and moved to Sheffield in 1995.