The decision could leave climbers, many of whom have paid as much as $90,000 for the trek, without many options. And it could have dire financial consequences for the Sherpa community. As The Wire reports:

The annual climbing season is vital to the economic well-being of the ethnic Sherpa community, so a vote to shut down an entire season is not something the Sherpas would have taken lightly. Friday's tragedy was the deadliest avalanche in the history of Mount Everest.

Relatives of mountaineers, killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, cry during the funeral ceremony in Katmandu. (Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press)
Relatives of Nepalese climbers killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, wait for the funeral procession to begin in Katmandu, Nepal. (Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press)
In this 2011 photo, the last light of the day sets on Mount Everest as it rises behind Mount Nuptse as seen from Tengboche, in the Himalaya's Khumbu region, Nepal. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)
A Nepalese porter walks with his load from Everest base camp in Nepal. Porters walk for weeks, sometimes carrying supplies heavier than their own body weight. They do not sit down when they rest but rely on the wooden staff to prop up the baskets. (Laurence Tan/Reuters)



Tents are seen at Everest base camp in Nepal. (Laurence Tan/Reuters)