Seven trekkers, together with 4 South Koreans, went lacking in Nepal’s northwest Himalayan area after an avalanche hit their path, native police and climbing officers stated on Saturday.
The world the place the avalanche struck the group, which additionally included three native guides, is estimated to be about 150 kilometres northwest of Nepali capital Kathmandu, based on the officers. The avalanche was triggered by heavy rain and snowfall, they stated.
“4 of our Korean purchasers, who have been trekking within the Annapurna area should not involved and are lacking since an avalanche struck them on Friday,” Sandesh Pandey, who runs the tour firm that organized the hike, instructed Reuters.
Mount Annapurna, in northwest Nepal, is the world’s tenth highest mountain at 8,091 metres (26,545 ft) and its base camp is common with hundreds of trekkers who go to yearly. The three Nepali guides are additionally not reachable, stated Mira Acharya, a tourism division official in Kathmandu.
4 helicopters have been deployed for the search and rescue mission with police and native volunteers additionally on the lookout for the trekkers, Acharya stated, including, nonetheless, that tough climate circumstances have been making the operation troublesome.
The incident comes because the annual trekking season in Nepal, dwelling to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountain peaks together with Mount Everest, is drawing to an in depth.