Pasang Sherpa: In Camp 2
As the cook for Camp 2, Pasang Sherpa spends his climbing season high on the mountain (above 21,000 feet) feeding climbers and Sherpas as they pass through on rotations climbing the Southern side of Everest. So when the ground began to shake under his feet it caught him off-guard. "It was very, very scary," Pasang Sherpa told Men's Journal through translator Karma Sherpa. "I heard a big explosion sound under the glacier right after the earthquake hit, and I could feel the mountain sway underfoot. I ran out of my tent, about fifteen meters away, and watched a huge avalanche roar off the Lhotse face. I thought it was going to sweep us off the mountain it came so close, I said a prayer for survival. I found out later this was a different one than the one that swept through Base Camp." After spending two days waiting at Camp 2 he descended to Camp 1 and was Heli-rescued to Everest Base Camp. "Upon arriving in Base Camp I found that all of my gear was gone, everything I had was buried under the debris field from the avalanche, out tents were gone." He stayed to help break down camp and is headed back to his village Chhulemu in a remote part of the country to help rebuild the destroyed school, monastery, and numerous buildings there before the monsoon season sets in.