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Iowa natives return from Nepal days before deadly earthquake

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Cities are in shambles after a deadly earthquake struck the Himalayan region Saturday. 

Thousands of people are displaced, their possessions. homes, places to worship leveled.

On many of these places, two eastern Iowan men left their footsteps days before.

"It's just a big hiking trip we've wanted to go on for months now," says Andrew Dostal.

Dostal and Zach Siglin had been planning to hike Mount Everest for a long time.

"Probably every fix or six steps after 18,000 feet I had to stop to catch my breath," Dostal says.

The thought of avalanches definitely crossed his mind.

"You could hear snow crashing down, and glaciers were constantly moving. It wasn't quiet," he says.

He never thought he would come so close to one.

He now worries for the people he left behind.

"First thing I thought of was our guide, we hired him to lead us around the mountains and do some translation, and I messaged him immediately and found out he was ok."

A relief for sure, but there are still more climbers working their way up the mountainside.

"We met a lot of climbers who planned to climb to the top, and we have no way of knowing if they're ok, so I'm pretty concerned for them." he says.

And as for the people he met in the cities and temples along the way, he hopes they're OK too.

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