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Help Save a Life from Deadliest Mount Everest Avalanche 2014

Organized by: Ankit Agarwal

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THE STORY:

An avalanche occurred Friday morning in an area known as "popcorn field" near Everest Base Camp at an elevation of approximately 5,800 m. Avalanche site lies within the Khumbu Ice fall.

My brother along with friends were present on the accident site.

The avalanche took place just above base camp in the Khumbu Ice Fall.

'I did not think I would survive'
One of those who survived is Wangdi Sherpa, 26, who was working with trekking firm Summit Treks to take 13 Britons to climb Everest.
He recounted how he and others were going to set up Camp II, above base camp, when disaster struck -- and it was only by chance that he was not among the victims.
"A big piece of ice suddenly came off the mountain. I did not think I would survive. I am very happy to have survived," said Wangdi, who has reached the mountain's summit three times before.
He and an assistant, who were attached to a safety rope, hid behind a piece of ice as the avalanche came tumbling down, he said.
"We could do that because we were in the front," he said. "Up to 12 of those behind us survived, but the ones after them died. Those who had already crossed ahead when the ice came off also survived.
"We stayed behind the ice for five minutes. By the time we reached base camp it was around 11 a.m. When the ice fell we saw nothing because of the dust," Wangdi said.
'There is always a risk of death'.

"Our friends and brothers have died. There will be no question of doing anything without a discussion with everyone involved," said Pasang Sherpa, who also has been to Everest before.

"This is our job, so there is always a risk of death. We cannot say that there has been exploitation."

My brother, friends and Nepali Sherpas who have somehow survived the tragedy are very seriously injured. Any kind of financial support is highly appreciated at this time. If you are unable to donate funds, please feel free to drop off supplies (clothing, toothbrushes, etc) that the families are also in need off at my house. I set a goal but hope that we can go beyond that in support of our friends.

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