We caught up with Richard Engel, the well-traveled newlywed and NBC’s chief foreign correspondent, just before he left the country for his honeymoon.
Engel will deliver a Dateline report tonight at 7 p.m. ET, on the aftermath of April’s catastrophic earthquake in Nepal. “We were in Nepal to cover the earthquake and, for days, news from Everest was hard to come by. We really didn’t know what we would find when we finally got up the Himalayas,” Engel said. “When we did finally make it to Everest base camp we found a group of climbers who were on the mountain when the avalanche hit base camp.”
The team of elite climbers had lost a member and had to find their way off the mountain at the time of the 7.8 magnitude quake, bracing for aftershocks along the way. Engel spoke with the survivors as they offer a first-hand account of the massive quake and their fight to survive.
“It was remarkable to follow the story all the way to the actual spot where the avalanche hit. We immediately started figuring out how we tell this tale,” Engel said.