SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Last weekend’s catastrophic earthquake in Nepal triggered an avalanche on Mt. Everest.
Overall, more than 5,000 people have been confirmed dead from the earthquake. At least 18 people died from the avalanche that was triggered on Mount Everest.
The avalanche hit base camp at Everest, which sits at 18,000 feet, is where climbers stay before summitting the mountain and is considered a point of safety. About 100 people have been airlifted off the mountain, but many remain as the helicopters are needed to take care of more destruction.
Michael Matty summitted Everest in 2011 and has been following what his friends are now doing to get off the mountain. “They’ve got all their gear with them, because Nepal has been so devastated, that as you go to work your way back down the mountain, and as you go through the villages, where you ordinarily would have had adequate food and housing, a lot of those places are gone.”
Matty is part of an elite group of 350 individuals who have successfully completed the Seven Summits – the highest peaks on the seven continents.
This has put an end to the peak time for climbers to summit Mount Everest this year.