The Climbers leave Everest amid regrets and tensions among Sherpas . The climber who had hoped to reach the summit of Mount Everest have instead begun the long journey home. Several climbers described an atmosphere that had become menacing, after a handful of Sherpa organizers threatened colleagues who planned to continue. Some climbers described alarming tensions. Climbers have expressed passionate solidarity with their Sherpa guides, agreeing that they receive too small a share of the proceeds from mountaineering. Younger Sherpa’s, aware of what western companies charge, are resentful over their share. Sherpa guides typically earn US$2000 – $5000 a season, supplemented by bonuses if they reach the summit where as customer paid as much as US$80,000 including government taxes. When the government offers the families of the dead Sherpa a compensation payment of about $450, they were furious.