'We heard screams... then it hit': Nepal avalanche survivors
KATHMANDU (AFP) - Huddled in their sleeping bags, the climbers first heard the avalanche roar towards them and then the sound of screaming before being swept hundreds of metres down the slopes of "Killer Mountain".
Survivors of the weekend tragedy on Nepal's Manaslu mountain, which killed at least nine people, said the scene resembled a war zone, with an entire camp destroyed by the wall of snow.
"We were sleeping in our tent after having dinner, when all of a sudden we heard the noise of other climbers screaming. Within moments, we were hit by the avalanche," said Mr Andreas Reiter, one of the trek's survivors.
Mr Reiter was among a group of European adventurers who were near the peak of the 8,156m Manaslu when the avalanche struck. They were asleep. It was 4am on Sunday.