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Truce reached among fighting climbers on Everest

KATMANDU, Nepal — A truce has been reached between three foreign climbers and Nepalese Sherpa guides involved in a fistfight on Mount Everest, officials said Wednesday. Two of the foreigners, however, returned to Nepal’s capital and were undecided if they would quit their climb.

Tilak Pandey of the Mountaineering Department said a truce was reached at base camp between the foreigners — an Italian, a Briton, and a Swiss — and the Sherpas on Tuesday.

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Nima Nuru of Cho-Oyu Trekking, who equipped the expedition, said Swiss climber Ueli Steck and British climber Jonathan Griffith flew to Katmandu by helicopter and Italian Simone Moro also was planning to return.

Sumit Joshi, a guide from Australia, said by telephone from the Everest base camp that the argument started when the Sherpa guides, who were fixing ropes and digging a path on the snowy trail above Camp 2, asked the foreign climbers to wait until they were finished. He said the climbers ignored them.

Steck and Griffith refused to talk to reporters in Katmandu.

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