Foreign mountaineers go missing while scaling Nanda Devi East peak

A team of eight mountaineers which includes 7 foreign nationals have gone missing on their way to Nanda Devi East peak in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district.

The team left Munsiyari on the 13th of May to scale the 7,434-metre Nanda Devi peak, and were scheduled to return to the base camp on Friday, the 31st of May.

The nationalities of the seven mountaineers are British, American and Australian besides a liaison officer from the Indian Institute of Mountaineering.

The district administration have sent a rescue team in search of them after they failed to return to the base camp.

The route to the Nanda Devi peak begins from Munsiyari, that is about 132 kms from the district headquarters. From Munsiyari to the Nanda Devi base camp, mountaineers have to traverse a distance of about 90 kms on foot.

The rescue team comprises of State Disaster Response Fund or SDRF, police, and medical personnel. They have been sent to the Nanda Devi base camp in search of the climbers, the Munsiyari sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) RC Gautam informed media.

The team was scheduled to reach the Nanda Devi base camp on Friday and Munsiyari on June 1, Gautam added.

The sub-divisional magistrate said the rescue team will reach the base camp late on Saturday night and start rescue operation with the help of expedition team members at the base camp.

Source : Various