Nepal mountaineering official says Sherpa guide is season's first death on Mount Everest

A mountaineering official in Nepal says a Sherpa guide has been killed while fixing the climbing route on Mount Everest. It is the first death reported during the popular spring mountaineering season.

Mountaineering Department official Nishan Shrestha says the Nepalese Sherpa guide identified as Mingma fell into a crevasse just above Camp One on Everest on Sunday. It took several hours to retrieve his body.

Shrestha says a helicopter was sent to the mountain on Monday to bring back Mingma's body.

Local Sherpa guides hired by foreign climbers are the first people to scale the world's highest peak each climbing season as they dig a path through snow and ice to the summit.