Earthquake survivors fend for themselves in Nepal

Medical attention slow to arrive in Nepal 01:46

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- At Kathmandu's airport, helicopters were ferrying people to safety Wednesday, including a group of 16 American trekkers.

They were all unharmed after a terrifying experience just two miles from Mount Everest's base camp.

"It was very scary - worst thing we've ever been through," said Becky LaBarge of San Diego.

LaBarge said their guides led them to safety.

"We're just very lucky to be here," she said.

The Americans' travel insurance covered the evacuation, and they'll be home within 24 hours, yet many of Nepal's earthquake survivors have been left to fend for themselves.

Lobsang Sherpa told us he was in a bus when the earthquake triggered a landslide killing nearly everyone on board.

He'll now finally get some medical attention.

But four days after the quake, many near the epicenter continue to wait for treatment.

"Some of those horrible things, those people are going to die, and that's the simple fact about it," said Russell Brice, who has been a mountain guide in Nepal for 40 years.

He wants to get medical aid to the remote valley of Langtang, but he's frustrated by the Nepalese government's slow response.

"Mountaineers on Everest, they have more money than people in Langtang," he said. "It is quite sad that money talks here all the time."

Some of Nepal's poorest communities are still waiting for help.