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It was not clear what form the protests might take if the demands were not met. Some guides had asked for the mountain to be closed to expeditions during the popular climbing season that runs through May this year as a mark of respect for the dead.
"We are here today to express condolences as well as my mourning for their loss. They were not only employees. They were dear friends," said Tejas, dressed in black glasses, hat and shirt. "Without them we can't climb this mountain. Right now we are stunned and in a state of deep grief."
The accident has re ignited debate on the risks sherpas take and on overcrowding on Everest.
Anger grows as Everest victims cremated
KATHMANDU Nepali families cremated eight Mount Everest sherpas on Monday as anger grew over how much compensation should be paid to victims of the single deadliest avalanche on the world's highest mountain.
Deputy Prime Minister Prakash Man Singh, who placed marigold garlands over the eight coffins driven through Kathmandu, declined to say whether the government would meet the sherpas' demands for greater compensation.
At one ceremony below Nepal's famous Swayambhunath religious complex, relatives weeped for their loved ones as four bodies were set on fire while Buddhist monks beat drums, crashed cymbals, blew pipes and chanted prayers.
Vern Tejas, a member of the Seattle based Alpine Ascents hiking group, turned out to pay his respects after five sherpas working with his group died in the avalanche.
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The government has announced an immediate payment of $400 to the victims' families to cover funeral costs.
Guiding foreign climbers is the main livelihood for sherpas, helping them make up to $5,000 a year in a country with an average annual income of just over $700.
At least 13 guides were killed, three are missing and at least three others are under intensive care for broken limbs, ribs, blood clots and other injuries in Kathmandu hospitals after an avalanche swept the Khumbu Icefall, one of the most dangerous parts of the climb to Everest.
for compensation for sherpas who are hired by international expeditions to carry gear, and in the past these groups have provided financial assistance on their own in the case of accidents.
Ang Tshering Sherpa of the Nepal Mountaineering Association said the guides had given the government seven days to fulfill their demands.
"There is a situation of conflict up in the mountain. It is serious and could have far reaching consequences for climbing in Nepal," he said. "So the government must act on their demands immediately."
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Ed Marzec, Nike Uptempo 97 Ebay a 67 year old climber who was at the base camp, told Reuters that 350 of the sherpas had voted to suspend their work helping climbers on Everest, although this could not be independently verified.
"If the demands are not met, we will be forced to launch strong protests for the sake of daily bread of the entire sherpa community," the sherpas said in a statement.
The men were trying to fix ropes and crack snow and ice to carve out a route for foreign climbers through the icefall, located not far above Everest Base Camp, when they were caught in the avalanche.
guides have demanded that the government pay for the treatment of the injured and raise the insurance cover to $20,000.
"The government is positive about their demands. But the concerned (tourism minister) will come up with his recommendations on the demands for the consideration of the government," he told Reuters.
The eight bodies, out of a total of 13 recovered at the weekend, were driven through Nepal's capital city in open trucks, their coffins draped in yellow and cream cloth, before being cremated separately.
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