On the morning of 18 April 2014, an avalanche struck Khumbu Icefall, an area just above Mt Everest basecamp killing 13 and leaving three missing. Discovery Channel (DStv channel 121) will broadcast a 60-minute documentary, titled Everest Avalanche Tragedy on Sunday, May 18, which will include unprecedented access and eyewitness accounts from the rescue and recovery efforts that took place.
Everest Avalanche Tragedy will document the weeks leading up to the climb through to the moment the avalanche struck the Khumba Icefall, one of the most treacherous parts of the mountain, and its aftermath. Cameras rolled immediately following, as blocks of ice plummeted down the mountain, making it the deadliest single-day avalanche in the history on Mt. Everest.
Through eyewitness accounts, viewers will hear from those who experienced this horrible tragedy and aftermath including sit down interviews with Joby Ogwyn; Expedition Leader Garrett Madison, who played a critical role in the recovery; Todd Burleson, president of Alpine Ascents International who lost five Sherpas and other key members of the expedition and production teams.
Don’t miss Everest Avalanche Tragedy which airs exclusively on Discovery Channel (DStv 121) on Sunday, 18 May from 21:00 CAT. In a double bill of unique experiences, the documentary will be followed by Bear Grylls: Man Vs Everest at 21:55 CAT in a one-hour special that presents stories of the greatest Everest attempts and achievements over the years.