Frightening photos capture the moment a Mount Everest avalanche narrowly missed a group of tourists. They were on the mountain as it crashed down and headed right towards them. Part of the trail on the Himalayan peak collapsed, creating an avalanche headed straight towards the group of tourists.
The group were setting up camp when they narrowly escaped being buried by the avalanche in Nepal on June 1. Photos show the massive cloud of ice tumbling down the white mountain before it luckily slowed after hitting rocky parts. No one was hurt in the incident. The group inspected the area for safety after the Mt Everest avalanche.
Tour organizer Pemba Gyaltsen said they were doing a summit rotation to acclimate. They had just arrived from Nutspe mountain when the scary avalanche incident unfolded. He said: “The massive avalanche approached us at Camp 2 upon our arrival from Nutspe. We were relieved it did not reach us and we were all safe.”
In 2014, 16 Nepali mountaineering guides who were mostly ethnic Sherpas died after being hit by an avalanche in the mountain. It was regarded as one of the deadliest accidents in the history of the Himalayan peak.
In 2019 the peak had been branded a “death race” by those who had seen the horrors of frozen dead bodies and people collapsing as a total of 11 people died that year. It made 2019 one of the deadliest climbing seasons in history on the world’s highest mountain. Climbers told of how they have clambered over each other while abandoning bags and equipment on the narrow path in a desperate bid to reach the summit. Others were pushed and shoved by tourists taking selfies.
Mount Everest avalanche, extreme weather, lack of oxygen, falls, frostbite are what many deaths have been attributed to in the past. However, fatalities in 2019 were blamed on too many people and inexperienced climbers.