Mount Everest avalanche almost hits stunned climbers as it crashes towards them

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Frightening footage captures the moment an avalanche narrowly misses a group of visitors on Mount Everest as it crashed down and headed right towards them.

The dramatic video shows how part of the trail on the Himalayan peak collapsed, creating a snow slide headed straight towards the group of tourists.

The group were setting up camp when they narrowly escaped being buried by the avalanche in Nepal on June 1.

Footage shows the massive cloud of ice tumbling down the white mountain before it luckily slowed after hitting rocky parts.

No one was hurt in the incident. The group inspected the area for safety after the avalanche.

This is the terrifying moment visitors on Mount Everest are faced with an avalanche heading right towards them
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Tour organiser Pemba Gyaltsen said they were doing a summit rotation to acclimate and had just arrived from Nutspe mountain when the scary avalanche incident unfolded.

He said: "The massive avalanche approached us at Camp 2 upon our arrival from Nutspe during our summit rotation.

"We were relieved it did not reach us and we were all safe."

Mount Everest is the world's highest mountain above sea level located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas.

The visitors escaped being buried by the avalanche as it hit some rocks and slowed down
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In 2014, 16 Nepali mountaineering guides who were mostly ethnic Sherpas died after being hit by an avalanche in the mountain.

It was regarded as one of the deadliest accidents in the history of the Himalayan peak.

The Mirror reported how in 2019 the peak had been branded a "death race" by those who had seen the horrors of frozen dead bodies and people collapsing as a total of 11 people died that year.

Part of the trail collapsed, creating a snow slide right where the group had set their tents on June 1
(Image: Viralpress)

It made 2019 one of the deadliest climbing seasons in history on the world's highest mountain, situated in Asia's Himalayas.

Climbers told of how they have clambered over each other while abandoning bags and equipment on the narrow path in a desperate bid to reach the summit.

While others were pushed and shoved by those wanting to take selfies.

Avalanches, extreme weather, lack of oxygen, falls, frostbite are what many deaths have been attributed to in the past.

A picture of the 'traffic' on the Himalayan peak in 2019 which was partly blamed for most of the deaths that year
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However, fatalities in 2019 were blamed on too many people and inexperienced climbers.

The intense 'traffic' was captured in a photograph taken on May 22 that year when many teams had to line up for hours, risking frostbites and altitude sickness.

Ed Dohring, a doctor from Arizona, had dreamed all his life of reaching the top, but when he did he was shocked by what he saw.

He even had to step around the body of a woman who had just died.

“It was scary,” he told the New York Times. “It was like a zoo.”

Last month the BBC reported that there was rising numbers of climbers with Covid-19 symptoms or positive tests, raising fears of a serious outbreak at Base Camp and on the mountain.

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