Avalanches are one of nature's most destructive forces, feared by snow leopards and mountaineers alike.

But with the ubiquity of mobile phone cameras and social media, now you can admire the might and fury of an avalanche without going anywhere near one. The video above, shot by members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, takes you to a location somewhere in the Himalayas, around 20,000 feet above sea level.

Their official Twitter page is a veritable treasure trove of the views of the Himalayas. Here's what they see every morning.

Sometimes, there's time for birdwatching.

Here's how they get their supplies.

Sometimes, they quote Robert Frost.

What the ITBP video is missing is some high quality recording equipment to put viewers into the heart of the action. Thankfully, there are plenty of videos on the internet showing all the glory of an avalanche in high definition.


This one is like a scene from a found footage film and is shot by someone while running away from an avalanche that hits an Everest base camp. It was one of several avalanches that hit the area after an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale hit Nepal. The climber who shot the video escaped unharmed but 20 people in the camp perished.