As fate would have it, the sons of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, Peter and Jamling, were united while taking refuge in a village in Nepal when the recent earthquake struck.
According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, Jamling Tenzing Norgay, told the BBC’s Radio 4 that he was on his way to the base camp with a group of Indian women when he felt the tremors. The group reportedly decided to continue climbing as staying behind would include the risk of being struck by boulders at the foot of the hill.
As they took refuge, the group reportedly ran into Peter Hillary, who was on an expedition too. Jamling added that the group felt the temblor in the village of Tengboche where Peter also took refuge while on his way back. “And he was about two hours away from base camp when the avalanche hit base camp at that time,” said Jamling.
The duo has known each other for quite a while now and are known to be good friends. Jamling reportedly said though that it was mere confidence that they found themselves there. Recalling Peter’s story of the avalanche, he says that “He (Peter) basically described it as a tsunami of snow, ice and rock that hit Base Camp and flattened everything there was in this part.”
Jamling also touched upon the devastation inflicted by the earthquake saying that “The village ... where my father grew up is almost flattened; almost all the houses have been flattened.” He also said that people’s houses in the area needed to be re-built and that it would take time for people to start coming to the Himalayas again.