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Nepal marks anniversary of deadliest Everest disaster with memorial, welfare fund for workers

  • Sumi Sherpa lights a butter lamp during one-year death anniversary rituals for her father Ang Kaji Sherpa, a victim of last year’s deadly avalanche in Everest, at a monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 18, 2015. April 18 marks the first year anniversary of an ice avalanche that killed 16 guides in the mountain's deadliest disaster. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    Sumi Sherpa lights a butter lamp during one-year death anniversary rituals for her father Ang Kaji Sherpa, a victim of last year’s deadly avalanche in Everest, at a monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 18, 2015. April 18 marks the first year anniversary of an ice avalanche that killed 16 guides in the mountain's deadliest disaster. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

  • From left, Chhechi Sherpa, Sumi Sherpa, and Finjum Sherpa light butter lamps during one-year death anniversary rituals for their father Ang Kaji Sherpa, a victim of last year’s deadly avalanche in Everest, at a monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 18, 2015. April 18 marks the first year anniversary of an ice avalanche that killed 16 guides in the mountain's deadliest disaster. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    From left, Chhechi Sherpa, Sumi Sherpa, and Finjum Sherpa light butter lamps during one-year death anniversary rituals for their father Ang Kaji Sherpa, a victim of last year’s deadly avalanche in Everest, at a monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 18, 2015. April 18 marks the first year anniversary of an ice avalanche that killed 16 guides in the mountain's deadliest disaster. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man takes photographs of portraits of victims of last year’s deadly avalanche in Everest, during a memorial organized by Nepal Mountaineering Association in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 18, 2015. April 18 marks the first year anniversary of an ice avalanche that killed 16 guides in the mountain's deadliest disaster. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    A man takes photographs of portraits of victims of last year’s deadly avalanche in Everest, during a memorial organized by Nepal Mountaineering Association in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 18, 2015. April 18 marks the first year anniversary of an ice avalanche that killed 16 guides in the mountain's deadliest disaster. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of people have gathered in Nepal's capital to mark the anniversary of the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest.

After 16 Nepalese Sherpa guides died in the April 18, 2014, disaster, the guides refused to work on the mountain, leading to the cancellation of last year's climbing season.

On Saturday, the government announced that a portion of the permit fees charged to trekkers and mountaineers would be used for a fund to help people working in Nepal's trekking industry.

Tourism Secretary Suresh Man Shrestha said the fund would be used for the rescue and rehabilitation of injured trekking and mountaineering guides, and to help the families of workers who are killed.

Also on Saturday, a memorial was held at the offices of the Nepal Mountaineering Association office in Kathmandu.