‘We wanted to complete our climb despite the earthquake’

South African hikers told Eyewitness News they wanted to stay behind and climb Mount Everest after the Nepal quake, but the government closed all tourist routes up in the mountain because it was too dangerous after the disaster.

Nico Oosthuizen and his teammates arrived at OR Tambo International Airport on 11 May 2015. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN