They are aspiring ultra-marathon runners, hoping the sport will put their remote village on the map and provide the funds needed to rebuild homes destroyed by 2015 earthquake.
Ten climbers have died on Mount Everest, including one on the Chinese side, during this climbing season, which ends in May.
Everest has taken the lives of many climbers over the years. 2016 has seen six deaths, blamed mostly on commercialisation and poor regulation.
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