Five Americans who were detained on Mt. Everest by Chinese security guards after calling for Tibetan independence and protesting the Beijing Olympics said they feared for their lives and were deprived of sleep, food and water.
The members of Students for a Free Tibet arrived in Katmandu after being detained for three days. China's plans to take the Olympic torch to the top of Mt. Everest is seen by some as a way for the government to underscore its claims to Tibet.