Fateful Day

At 6:45 a.m. on April 18, 2014, a massive section of ice calved off the hanging glacier on Mount Everest’s west shoulder and roared a thousand feet down into the upper Khumbu Icefall, killing 16 mountain workers—13 of them Sherpas and three from other Nepali ethnic groups—and injuring eight. It was the worst accident in the peak’s hundred-year climbing history.

* Three bodies have not been recovered

Martin Gamache, NGM Staff; 3D RealityMaps. Detail Photo (4/16/14): Andy Tyson. Sources: Andy Tyson, Alpine Ascents; Dave Morton, Adventure Consultants; Conrad Anker, The North Face; Richard Salisbury, Himalayan Database; Michael Ross, RER Energy