Alyssa survives deadly Everest avalanche, will climb again

UPDATE: INTREPID mountaineer Alyssa Azar has survived a deadly avalanche on the world's highest mountain, but it has dashed her hopes to scale Mount Everest.

Despite the setback, her father Glenn Azar is convinced she will attempt the climb again.

She was on a mission to become the youngest Australian to summit Mount Everest when the earthquake struck.

Mr Azar has been in contact with her via text messages and said he had no doubts she would be back again.

In an ABC radio interview Mr Azar said his daughter was heading back to Base Camp with other climbers to salvage equipment.

"All the climbing teams are bonding together to salvage what they can... they don't know how long they'll be up there."


Ms Azar was two hours into a climb through the ice floor between Base Camp and camp one when the earthquake occurred.

While she was climbing an avalanche came from camp one into Base Camp.

She survived but other climbers are missing and feared dead.

Mr Azar said the two times Alyssa had climbed Everest something had gone wrong.

"There were 16 deaths last year, and they are already at 18 deaths this year... and 50 injuries.

"But this is even bigger, it's a national disaster."


He has been in contact with her via text messages.

But Mr Azar is convinced Alyssa will attempt the climb again.

"Alyssa is mentally strong and singularly focused.

"If she does want to, we'll support her fully."

Alyssa sharpening her skills in the lower icefall.
Alyssa sharpening her skills in the lower icefall. Facebook

EARLIER 5.55am: Mountain-climber Alyssa Azar is calling on everyone to pray for the people of Nepal, many of who are living in tents, after a massive earthquake hit the country.

"Please take time to pray and think of the beautiful Nepalese people," the Toowoomba teen wrote on Facebook minutes ago.

She promised to post links later today so that people can assist residents of the country.

Earlier she wrote about the devastation of a 6.7 magnitude aftershock.

She said the tremour showed the country was going through testing times and that it was devastating news.

"Sherpas and their families that we've worked with, bonded with and made good friends with over nine years are missing and uncontactable.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with them all."

Alyssa Azar on the summit of Ama Dablam with Mount Everest rising in the background behind her. Photo Contributed
Alyssa Azar on the summit of Ama Dablam with Mount Everest rising in the background behind her. Photo Contributed Contributed


SUNDAY 9:41AM: Toowoomba teen Alyssa Azar has survived the massive earthquake that devastated Nepal overnight, killing more than 1300 people including 10 mountain climbers on Mt Everest.

The 18-year-old was climbing Mt Everest when the deadly 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck.

She is attempting to become the youngest Australian to climb to the top of the summit.

Five Australians are missing in the aftermath of the earthquake.

A message posted on Azar's Facebook page this morning said she was "safe and sound",

"Alyssa has contacted us and let us know that she was out climbing when this happened but is back at Base Camp now safe and sound," the post read.

"She is feeling good and waiting to see what results come from this.

"A few climbers have been freaked out which is understandable.

"This is just a reminder that no one ever 'conquers' Everest or any mountain. Mother Nature is in control and the climbers must manage themselves and their state of mind in order to do the best they can.

"Thanks for those who have messaged to check on Alyssa."

Azar's last attempt at climbing Mt Everest was called off when 16 Sherpa mountain guides were killed in an avalanche.

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