SA adventurer recounts harrowing experience on Mount Everest

Sean Wisedale and several other mountaineers survived the avalanche which was triggered by the Nepal quake.

FILE: Sean Wisedale and several other mountaineers survived the avalanche which was triggered by the Nepal quake.

JOHANNESBURG - A South African adventurer on Monday described scenes of fear and panic on Mount Everest as an avalanche threatened to bury them alive in the wake of a massive earthquake in Nepal.

Sean Wisedale and several other mountaineers survived the avalanche which was triggered by a quake which struck the country on Saturday, killing more than 3,900 people.

Wisedale has described the harrowing experience on the mountain.

"It was in the middle of the day. The weather wasn't that great, but all we felt was the ground shake underneath us. Shortly after that, there was a massive dune about 100 metres high, it was crystallised ice that came and slammed into the camp."

According to media reports, 300,000 foreigners were in Nepal for the trekking and climbing season.

Meanwhile, countries around the world are now sending teams to the country to help with relief efforts.