A climber from Londonderry had a lucky escape after her boyfriend took ill on the way to Everest's Base Camp - just an hour before it was buried in an avalanche.
Amy Webster (24) turned back after boyfriend Ryan became ill - something that may have saved her life.
They are now trying to make their way down from the world's highest mountain, even though parts of the trail have been destroyed.
The threat of avalanches is ever-present, and a rescue mission was under way last night after at least 17 climbers on the world's highest mountain were killed when a torrent of ice and rocks hit Base Camp. Dozens were still stranded last night.
Amy, Ryan and three others from England, Sweden and the Czech Republic, are to try to make their way to the popular trekker stop of Pherice.
From their current location they can see aircraft flying past, trying to get to the wounded and to collect the dead from the mountainside.
"There is not enough fuel for all the helicopters. We have to walk out," she told the Derry Journal.
Amy said she and her boyfriend narrowly avoided the initial massive avalanche because Ryan had taken ill and they had been forced to turn back.
"About one hour before the earthquake happened we were on the way to Base Camp, about halfway there. We turned around and we were really disappointed but so glad we didn't go after what happened. That was just an hour or so before the earthquake.
"There is just devastation everywhere and from what we are hearing there are 30 people dead at Base Camp."
Kathmandu was a disaster-in-waiting. The densely populated capital of one of the world's poorest countries clings to the slopes of the seismically unstable Himalayas. The city was near-levelled and 8,500 killed in its last great earthquake 81 years before.