#NepalQuake: SA climber trapped on Mt Everest

SA climber Saray Khumalo and her party are trapped in camp two on Mount Everest after Nepal’s earthquake.

This photograph taken from an aircraft shows an aerial view of Mount Everest (C) and The Himalayan mountain range. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - South African climber Saray Khumalo and her party are trapped in camp two on Mount Everest after yesterday's earthquake that killed more than 2,000 people in Nepal.

Khumalo cannot get off the mountain where an avalanche killed 17 climbers and Sherpas.

A severe weather system is moving in, making things more difficult.

Khumalo is one of two South Africans attempting to become the first African woman to summit Mount Everest.

The other is Katlego Letheo who's tackling Everest from the Tibet side.

Saray's told supporters via smartphone that she's safe but the route down has been too damaged to attempt a descent.

She has limited supplies.

Last year her climbing efforts were scrapped by an avalanche that killed 16 Sherpas and closed Everest.

WATCH: Massive earthquake rocks Nepal.


A South African woman has told Eyewitness News that her husband has survived the earthquake in Nepal but he's stranded and unable to get home.

Candice Goodman says her husband Errol was on a hiking trip with six members of the Johannesburg hiking club when the quake hit Kathmandu.

At least six members of the Johannesburg Hiking Club were on a hiking trip when the quake hit Nepal.

Nepal devastation. Picture: Errol Goodman/iWitness.

The group escaped the quake unharmed.

Errol has described scenes of panic saying the authorities are not geared up for the disaster relief efforts and repatriation.

"He says he's safe and when it happened he was in Kathmandu and says building are coming down in their area."

The group has been stranded since yesterday with no idea of when they will return.

Nepal devastation. Picture: Errol Goodman/iWitness.


Rescuers dug with their bare hands and bodies piled up in Nepal after an earthquake devastated the heavily crowded Kathmandu Valley, killing more than 2,200 people, and triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest.

A big aftershock between Kathmandu and Everest unleashed more avalanches in the Himalayas.

In Everest's worst disaster, the bodies of 17 climbers were recovered from the mountain on Sunday after being caught in avalanches. A plane carrying the first 15 injured climbers landed in Kathmandu at around noon local time.

The tremor, measured at 6.7, was the most powerful since Saturday's 7.9.

The aftershock rocked buildings in the Indian capital New Delhi and halted the city metro.

In the capital, hospital workers stretchered patients out onto the street to treat them as it was too dangerous to keep them indoors.

US geological survey's Zachary Reeves said, "There is a good chance that there will be more aftershocks in the next few days."


With Nepal's government overwhelmed by the scale of the disaster, India flew in medical supplies and relief crews, while China sent in a 60-strong emergency team. Relief agencies said hospitals in the Kathmandu Valley were overflowing and running out of medical supplies.

Army officer Santosh Nepal and a group of rescuers worked all night to open a passage into a collapsed building in Kathmandu. They had to use pick axes because bulldozers could not get through the ancient city's narrow streets.

"We believe there are still people trapped inside," he told Reuters, pointing at concrete debris and twisted reinforcement rods where a three-storey residential building once stood.

Among the capital's landmarks destroyed in the earthquake was the 60-metre Dharahara Tower, built in 1832 for the queen of Nepal, with a viewing balcony that had been open to visitors for the last 10 years.

A jagged stump was all that was left of the lighthouse-like structure. As bodies were pulled from the ruins on Saturday, a policeman said up to 200 people had been trapped inside.

Bodies were still arriving on Sunday at one hospital in Kathmandu, where police officer Sudan Shreshtha said his team had brought 166 corpses overnight.

"I am tired and exhausted, but I have to work and have the strength," Shreshtha told Reuters as an ambulance brought three more victims to the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital.

Bodies were heaped in a dark room, some covered with cloth, some not. A boy aged about seven had his face half missing and his stomach bloated like a football. The stench of death was overpowering.

Outside, a 30-year-old woman who had been widowed wailed: "Oh Lord, oh God, why did you take him alone? Take me along with him also."

"Both private and government hospitals have run out of space and are treating patients outside, in the open," said Nepal's envoy to India, Deep Kumar Upadhyay. Prime Minister Sushil Koirala is back from abroad and will soon address the country.

LISTEN: The latest on the quake.