"I lost many of my friends in the last two years. I am scared, but I don't have another option," said Lakpa Nuru, 25, who was at Everest Base Camp during both recent disasters. Still, he is working again this year, attempting a sixth Everest ascent. "Most of us are here so that we can earn for us or our family. If the foreigners don't come any more, we will all starve."
This photo shows the village of Namche Bazaar, one of the main communities in the Khumbu region surrounding Everest in Nepal. Trekkers often spend an extra day in Namche Bazaar, at an altitude of 3,440m (11,287ft), to acclimatise and stock up on supplies. (Text and image source: AP)