A British teenager who survived earthquake-triggered avalanches on Mount Everest has said he is "emotionally trashed" after being rescued from his ascent.
Alex Staniforth, 19, from Chester, was at Camp 1 on the world's highest peak when the devastating quake hit, followed by yesterday's large aftershock which has hampered rescue efforts.
He was airlifted back to base camp this morning where he has joined other stranded climbers and is now waiting to be transferred to the capital, Kathmandu, so he can return to his family and friends in the UK.
Nepal's mountaineering department said at least 18 people had been killed on the mountain and 61 injured in the avalanche, while an unknown number were still missing.
Earlier a tweet from his team in the UK said: "From Alex: "Evacuated to base camp. Emotionally trashed and all gear swept away. Very lucky to be alive, please let everyone know."
“We are all very worried but very relieved that Alex is unhurt and now at Basecamp after being stranded at Camp One for two nights.
"We just want to get him home now so we know he is safe.
"We are very sad for the families who have not been so lucky and our thoughts go out to the people of Nepal.”
Mr Staniforth said he is "incredibly shocked by the experience" but urged people to donate to the disaster fund.
The young adventurer had been attempting to climb Mount Everest in honour of the Sherpas who were killed in last year's avalanche at Base Camp.
UKST: looks like Alex will spend another night at EBC. Not sure of arrangements to repatriate. Relief effort obviously comes first.
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A Lancashire charity which runs a school in Nepal has appealed to help as it supports the earthquake recovery effort.