Nepal survivors: Local climbers touch down in SA

The South African climbers were in Nepal to climb Mount Everest when the quake struck.

Clean-up operations underway in Nepal. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A group of South African climbers who survived the 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal touched down at OR Tambo International Airport on Monday afternoon.

Almost 8,000 people were killed when the quake struck the country last month, while thousands more were injured.

The South African climbers were in the country to climb Mount Everest when disaster struck.

Inspiring and brave stories have been told by the group of climbers who survived the earthquake.

There were moving scenes at the airport as some hugged their families and other laughed about plans to return to the mountain.

Nick Oosthuizen described his experience.

"The whole earth was shaking and there were rocks everywhere and people were screaming."

The group's team leader explained how they helped other survivors while waiting for help.