As you leave Lukla and enter the Khumbu valley proper, you pass through this little gate. It's a memorial to Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, first Nepali woman to climb Everest (on 22 April 1993, also my Mum's 76th birthday). Sadly, she died just 18 days later after falling into a crevasse on the descent. One biography on the web says she died on the south summit after trying to save the life of a fellow climber, Sonam Tshering, who got sick but also died. Perhaps that explains the time lag between summit and descent. She was 31 years old.
From Nepal and Everest Base Camp, Jul-Aug 2010