Coming home: Alyssa Azar forced to pull out of Everest climb

ALYSSA Azar has called off her attempt to summit Mt Everest and is on her way home to Toowoomba.

The Nepalese government had given climbers the chance to continue their trek, but a number of other factors, including limited guides, influenced the team's decision to pull out, Alyssa's father Glenn said.

The 17-year-old Toowoomba girl had been attempting to be the youngest Australian to climb Mt Everest, but an avalanche in which 13 Sherpa guides were killed derailed the plans.

She posted a message on her Facebook page yesterday afternoon, saying that the climb was postponed.

"Today we are packing up base camp and out of here tomorrow," Alyssa wrote.

"Due to many complications it's best to postpone the climb. I'll be back next year for another attempt.

"Anything with in my control I did but unfortunately there were too many things outside of my control and that's just mountaineering."

Mr Azar said his daughter was taking the news in her stride.

"There's a lot of other factors, and people are starting to feel it's a bad vibe on the mountain," he said.

"She's handled it really well…she's already talking about training for next year."

Alyssa is expected to be home in the next one to two weeks.



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