UPDATED: Hartlepool adventurer Ellis Stewart is back safely at camp after an avalanche was caused by Nepal earthquake

The aftermath of the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal
The aftermath of the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal
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A HARTLEPOOL adventurer who survived a killer earthquake which has killed thousands has arrived safely back at camp.

Ellis Stewart, 41, was on Mount Everest when the earthquake ,with a magnitude of 7.9, hit Nepal on Saturday morning.

Ellis Stewart on Mount Everest.

Ellis Stewart on Mount Everest.

A message on the dad-of-three’s Facebook page said that he was above the ice when the avalanche happened.

It’s understood the falling ice and show has killed at least 17, injured 61 and left an unknown number of climbers and guides unaccounted for on other routes

The Facebook post read: “Before it hits the news and everyone starts to worry, there’s been a big avalanche on Everest caused by an earthquake in Nepal. Awaiting news on everyone else on the mountain, let’s hope and pray they are all ok also.

“Ellis was above the icefall at the time and was hit but he and his team are ok - one of his team has a sat phone and got the news to us.”

Awaiting news on everyone else on the mountain, let’s hope and pray they are all ok also.

A message on Eliis Stewart’s Facebook page

Yesterday Ellis’ wife Tamara also took to the social networking site to share the latest information about her husband.

Her message read: “He has called and is safe at camp 1, waiting for evacuation by helicopter tomorrow morning.”

This is the second time Ellis has tried to reach the top of the mountain.

His hopes were dashed last year just days before he was due to start his final ascent when another avalanche struck, this time claiming the lives of 16 Sherpa guides.

The aftermath of the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal

The aftermath of the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal

The aftermath of the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal

The aftermath of the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal