A massive avalanche decimated the glacier below Z1 in the Zanskar Range of Northern India on September 3, 2016. The Himalayan monster that seemed to go on for minutes, was filmed by an expedition that had arrived the previous day to attempt the South Face of the 20,997’ peak. Thankfully no climbers were tangled up with it and the expedition’s planned route remained intact, although the icefall in the slides path is forever changed.
“On our first full day at basecamp, 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. A sobering reminder of the hazards of mountaineering. We gratefully acknowledged that our planned route up the south face remained untouched during this activity. A video of the biggest avalanche is linked in my profile. Sorry about my dumbass commentary throughout.”