The Everest climbing season for 2014 has practically come to an end due to a combination of factors including the devastating avalanche that killed 16 climbers on the Khumbu Icefall. Following the accident, large commercial expeditions and their hired workers for high altitude started leaving the Everest Base Camp. A mountaineer who tracks activity on the Everest declared the mountain ‘functionally closed’ for the season.
Large expeditions were allowed by the government to collaborate in chartering helicopters to retrieve
supplies already stored at Camps 1 and 2. Supplies are being allowed to be stored under locked mesh coverings on the Western Cwm until the next season. The Nepal government, for its part, says that the mountain is still open but most Sherpas at the Base Camp declared that the avalanche was a bad omen and decided not to go further up.