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Watch Massive Avalanche on Nanga Parbat

Luckily no climbers were on the mountain thanks to smart decision making by expedition guides

Several climbers had descended from Nanga Parbat because of high avalanche danger earlier this week. Shortly after the climbers descended, this massive avalanche ripped down. It was one of several that fell from the Mazeno Ridge.

Nanga Parbat is the ninth highest mountain in the world at 8,126 metres. Earlier this summer, Tsering climbed K2 in 12 hours and 20 minutes without using supplementary oxygen.

There have been many triumphs and tragedies on the mountain over the decades. In 1970, brothers Günther and Reinhold Messner made the third ascent of the peak and the first ascent of the huge Rupal Face. While descending the Diamir Face, Günther was killed in an avalanche. His remains were found in 2005, but earlier this year one of his boots was discovered – read the full story here.

In 1978, Reinhold Messner returned to the Diamir Face and achieved the first completely solo ascent of an 8,000-metre (26,000 ft) peak.

Nanga Parbat Avalanche