In this Sunday, April 26, 2015 photo, people critically injured in an avalanche are wrapped to be evacuated out of Everest Base Camp, Nepal. An avalanche on Saturday, set off by the massive earthquake that struck Nepal, left more than a dozen people dead and dozens more injured.
In this Sunday, April 26, 2015 photo, people critically injured in an avalanche are wrapped to be evacuated out of Everest Base Camp, Nepal. An avalanche on Saturday, set off by the massive earthquake that struck Nepal, left more than a dozen people dead and dozens more injured. AP Photo/Nima Namgyal Sherpa

Mackay trekkers describe close call on Mt Everest

MACKAY'S Mt Everest climbers took cover as the ground shook and boulders whizzed towards them on the mountainside.

Safe at Mt Everest Base Camp, on the northern side in Tibet, Frank Marchetti yesterday described what he and his fellow trekkers experienced as a 7.8 magnitude earthquake ravaged Nepal.

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When the quake struck, Mr Marchetti, along with his wife, Daily Mercury staff member Sandy Marchetti, Gaven and Sherrie Klingner, Jason Horton and Greg Farmilo were heading down from Interim Base Camp at 5800 metres.

Photo looking towards Mt Everest from Northside Base Camp in Tibet.
Photo looking towards Mt Everest from Northside Base Camp in Tibet. Sandy Marchetti

"We heard a rock fall avalanche off to our side and felt the ground shake (and) we took cover behind a small ridge and watched the rocks whiz toward us," Mr Marchetti said.

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"The majority of them stopped well short of us, but a few of the larger boulders crossed the track in front of us."

Once the rocks stopped falling they resumed the journey, unaware of the catastrophic situation unfolding in Nepal.

"As we passed other groups we started to hear snippets of information," Mr Marchetti said.

"Since then, we have experienced a number of aftershocks, one quite severe, starting another rock fall avalanche on a nearby mountain.

Greg Farmilo, Jason Horton, Sandy Marchetti, Gaven and Sherrie Klingner are on Mt Everest now.
Greg Farmilo, Jason Horton, Sandy Marchetti, Gaven and Sherrie Klingner are on Mt Everest now. Contributed

"At the moment the authorities controlling movement on the mountain have stopped movement upward for a few days."

The group will remain at Base Camp until they receive further information and are yet to decide whether to continue the journey or return home.

Frank Marchetti said he and the other five were enjoying uninterrupted views of the mountain in cold but fine weather.

The earthquake struck on Saturday afternoon, Nepal time.

Earlier the same day Mr Marchetti had held the first Anzac Day dawn service on the mountain.


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