The mountain guides had halted work in the Himalayas for a week to mourn the death of their 16 comrades who were swept away in the avalanche on the 8,848-metre Everest last Friday.
    
The Sherpas had threatened to halt work indefinitely to press for fulfillment of their demands relating to increasing insurance coverage, facilities, providing compensation and ensuring their safety in the Himalayas.
    
After a visit by top government officials led by Tourism Minister Bhim Prasad Acharya to the Everest base camp, the Sherpas have agreed to resume work, officials said.
    
While discussing with the Sherpas the minister had urged all the mountaineering teams to continue their climbing expeditions, the tourism ministry said in a press release.
    
"The minister had also urged all concerned agencies to fix ladder and rope. In response to the request made by the minister the supporting climbers have agreed to support expedition activities," the ministry said.
    
If some climbing teams want to quit their expeditions for this season and want to extend their permits, the ministry would make necessary arrangement to extend the time of their permit for next five years for the expedition teams of spring 2014," the ministry said.
    
The ministry, however requested all the teams to continue their expeditions as all necessary arrangements have already been made for the same.
    
The government earlier, agreed to provide compensation to the kin of the deceased climbers, increase their insurance money by 50 per cent to USD 15,000, bear necessary expenses of the injured climbers and install a memorial of those killed in the accidents on Everest.
    
Mountaineering is one of the main tourist activities in Nepal and tourism is regarded as a backbone of the national economy.

(Agencies)

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