Surviving Everest told about the terrible disaster
The last tremors were recorded in Nepal May 12, but the Everest base camp is still recovering from the devastating avalanche that sweeps away everything in its path alive. Incidents April 25 and May 12 were the most deadly in the history of the conquest of the mountain. Today, we have translated evidence and stories of those who remained alive in these terrible days.
According to the Nepalese government in the hill killed at least 19 climbers; several dozen wounded. About 200 people were locked up among the devastation in the base camp at an altitude of 5364 meters, while others were forced to wait rescuers and doctors are even higher, since an avalanche destroyed the usual route laid through the Khumbu Glacier. Rescue helicopters had to make more than 100 flights to evacuate all affected. The Lukla airport nearest to the place of the tragedy are still people waiting for their flight to Kathmandu.
At the time of the tragedy was the base camp
Documentary filmmaker Michael Churton rested in their camp dining tent when the earthquake began. He ran outside, grabbed his camera. All he remembers - that's what shocks were very strong, and then subsided.
"We had a rest and listen to the music when suddenly felt the ground shake came. I ran out of the tent, waited for the aftershocks, looked around and suddenly saw us go snow height of the waves a kilometer. " People were running around shouting: "Down!". Churton fell to the ground, and the avalanche hit the camp with full force, throwing him into stone, breaking his nose and damaging the eyes. After a suspension from the avalanche settled, Michael, together with Sherpas found his friends in the camp and began the descent to Gorak Shep, the nearest village, barely breathing and spitting blood from a crippled nose.
I was in the 1st high camp (6000 m)
Jim Davidson spent the morning climbing up the Khumbu Glacier, and at the time of the earthquake was resting in a tent.
"Around noon, I heard a huge avalanche of Nuptse down; its roar was heard everywhere. I said to my partner that he included an avalanche beeper and put on a vest - it seemed to me that we are about to will carry. After a second, a huge avalanche went to the western ridge of Mount Everest. Immediately after that, the beginning of our tent rhythmically throw up to a height of 10-15 cm from the ground because the entire Khumbu Glacier shook and staggered. Then I realized that it's not just an avalanche. "
In the next two days, Davidson has experienced several shocks and assess their capabilities: they were small. The road on the glacier disappeared, safe descent down was not, therefore remaining in the 1st high camp could only wait for rescue from the air. Pilots have taken more than 70 high-altitude flight in the thin air, to remove more than 1,200 climbers trapped on top. Matt Moniz
He approached the group to the base camp
17-year-old climber Matt Moniz entered with a group to the base camp to put the tent and stay for a long acclimatization. When the earthquake began, he was a little farther from the one area that has suffered the greatest destruction.
"We just came to the base camp, I was with one of his teammates on the ascent and Sherpa, when the ground began to shake. Then we saw just three avalanches. huge wall of snow moved us; We hid behind a rock and covered their faces. Snow slurry was flying at a speed of 300 km / h, flew past us bags, tents. "
Just a few days after the earthquake Moniz helped rescuers search for victims and deliver them to the helicopters.
Currently Nepal painfully recovering from a nightmare that struck the peaceful country. Most of the organizations associated with mountain climbing, opened an account for donations for the victims and repeat with one voice, the best help Nepal to spend their holidays here in the next year, because all the money will go directly to those families who have to rebuild their homes and to begin life with a clean slate.