Nepal honors 9 Sherpas who paved way for Everest climbers

Nepal celebrated Everest Day on Sunday by honoring nine Sherpa guides who fixed ropes and dug the route to the summit so hundreds of climbers could scale the world's highest mountain this month, following two years of disasters.

Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli praised the men at the ceremony in Kathmandu, where they were presented with bouquets and given checks for 50,000 rupees ($460).

"The secret behind the more than 400 climbers ascending Mount Everest is the successful rope fixing and successful route fixing," Oli said. "There was no confusion because the route fixing and the rope fixing made it possible for climbers to reach the summit."