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1. The part of a glacier resembling a frozen waterfall that flows down a steep slope.
2. An avalanche of ice.


(Physical Geography) a very steep part of a glacier that has deep crevasses and resembles a frozen waterfall



1. a jumbled mass of ice in a glacier.
2. a falling of ice from a glacier, iceberg, etc.
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Noun1.icefall - a steep part of a glacier resembling a frozen waterfallicefall - a steep part of a glacier resembling a frozen waterfall
glacier - a slowly moving mass of ice
ice - the frozen part of a body of water


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The icefall belongs to the most beautiful, natural phenomena of winter.
The group would trek on the most dangerous route to Mount Everest called Khumbu icefall, Mr Sadpara informed this correspondent in a message on WhatsApp.
In 2014, an icefall killed 16 Sherpas; and in 2015, an earthquake-triggered avalanche reportedly took 22 lives on the mountain, most of them at Everest Base Camp.
In 2014, an avalanche at the Khumbu Icefall killed 16 Sherpa guides.
At least 18 people died a year ago when an earthquake sent a massive snow slide careening into Base Camp, while an avalanche in the treacherous Khumbu Icefall killed 16 guides in 2014.
Everest expeditions in 2014 were cancelled after 16 Sherpas died in an icefall avalanche.
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But with an increasing number of inexperienced climbers attempting the feat, as well as the Khumbu Icefall in 2014 which killed 16 highaltitude workers, the Nepalese government have proposed strict new rules.
While acclimatising on Everest, she had to cross the glacier of Khumbu Icefall - one of the most dangerous sections of climbing the south side of the mountain.
We experience the sickening pull of gravity as the camera swoops above and below the characters as they clamber over rickety ladders that traverse gaping crevasses on the treacherous Khumbu Icefall.