Cape Town - A group of researches dodged death when one side of a mountain they intended to climb fell away before their eyes.
The avalanche hit the north side of a Himalayas mountain in Zanskar, northern India.
The video was uploaded to YouTube by Taylor Maavara, who captioned it saying it was "the largest avalanche off the north face of Z1 in the Zanskar, as seen from base camp".
"On our first full day at basecamp," he writes on Instagram, "the north side of Z1 basically fell away in a series of small to massive avalanches and rock slides that continued for the majority of the afternoon and well into the night.
"The entire valley was filled with dust for hours and the noise was unbelievable.
"By the end, the ice fall it covered was unrecognizable, as was the north face of Z1.
You can view the footage here:
Maavara says witnessing the event serves as "a sobering reminder of the hazards of mountaineering."
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