"Nightmare in Nepal" Topic
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|Chortle ||18 Oct 2014 5:59 a.m. PST|
I was there a month ago and it was baking hot. On one long day my neck went almost black from sun burn. Now there is a blizzard which people have died in.
Eitan Edan said he had been was trekking with a group of around 100, mainly Israelis and Poles, on Nepal's popular Annapurna circuit route towards the Thorung La Pass when the the tail end of cyclone Hudhud descended on them and plunged them into darkness.
They thought they had reached a safe haven when they arrived at a tea house on the 17,769ft pass, but it was packed with fellow trekkers taking shelter and the owner suddenly announced everyone must leave because he was locking up.
When several of the trekkers said the conditions were too dangerous, the tea house owner said they would die if they did not leave soon but he would lead them to safety if they paid him $2,000 USD (£1,200).
At one point on their descent, they saw an Indian woman screaming for help but the tea shop owner said her foot "had gone" and that "she's finished".
"We carried on down. We stopped and the tea shop owner did not know the way. He told us to turn left and climb. We went on, looked for him and he was gone", Eitan Edan claimed.
By now, the group had dwindled to between 30 and 40 but at 11pm, after nine hours' walking, he collapsed in the snow and could not walk any further. He thought he was going to die, he said.
"I was exhausted and had no more power. The wind was still high. I said to my friend 'you have strength, you go on, I'm going to die'. Four of my friends died. They were in their 20s and 30s", he said.
|tkdguy||18 Oct 2014 10:14 p.m. PST|