Officials have confirmed 150 New Zealanders in Nepal are safe but families are still reporting people missing in the wake of the magnitude 7.


8 earthquake.

Five Nepali staff working for Wanaka-based Adventure Consultants are among the dead, now approaching 2000.

Sir Edmund Hillary’s son Peter was trekking in Nepal with friends and his family say he’s safe.

Two groups of students from St Margaret’s College in Christchurch, who were working on humanitarian projects, are also safe.

Among the dead are 17 who were struck by a quake-triggered avalanche on Everest that buried part of the base camp packed with foreign climbers, Associated Press reports.

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says it’ll take time to account for all the New Zealanders in the affected areas but the well-being of 150 has been confirmed.

It’s urging families who have posted people missing on the family Links ICRC website to get in touch.

Adventure Consultants had contact with Everest base camp, camp one and camp two on Sunday.

“It’s with heavy hearts that we can now confirm that five of Adventure Consultants’ Nepali staff have been killed in yesterday’s avalanche,” the company said.

Clear weather has allowed for eight Nepali staff working for the company to be evacuated by helicopter on Sunday, along with casualties from other teams.

Remaining staff at the base camp, a climbing team and staff at camp one and 12 Sherpas working for the company at camp two are all accounted for.

New Zealand has pledged an initial $NZ1 million ($A976,610) of aid to Nepal and says it stands ready to provide more.

New Zealand has close ties with Nepal built by Sir Edmund, who conquered Mt Everest in 1953 with Nepali Tenzing Norgay.

His daughter Sarah Hillary says her father’s first concern would be for the people.

“I think he’d be really horrified and very saddened by the situation,” she told One News.

The quake destroyed the historic part of Kathmandu and has impacted as far away as neighbouring northern India, Bangladesh, China’s region of Tibet and Pakistan where there are deaths.

“It was absolutely awful,” said New Zealander Prue Smith, general manager of the Himalayan Trust NZ.

Ms Smith was sitting in the garden of a hotel with about 30 people in Thamel, a part of Kathmandu popular with tourists, when the earthquake struck.

The Himalayan Trust NZ was founded by Sir Edmund, who died in 2008.

“At the moment Prue is trying to determine how the communities we support in the mountains have fared and we will post updates as soon as we know more,” the trust said on Sunday.