Two Indian climbers died near the summit of Mount Kanchenjunga during an expedition on the world’s third highest mountain in Nepal, their hiking company said on Thursday. The climbers were identified as Biplab Baidya, 48, and 46-year-old Kuntal Kanrar,
Bad weather hampered efforts on Monday to bring down the bodies of seven climbers from the upper reaches of the Himalayas, an Indian military spokesman said.
Two Indian air force helicopters conducted reconnaissance missions around the Nanda Devi mountain in the Himalayas for eight missing climbers without success on Sunday and survivors are unlikely to be found, two state government officials said.
The video clip of four Britons, two Americans, an Australian and their Indian guide roped together in bright sunshine as they take nervous, synchronised steps along a narrow ridge towards a snow-capped peak.
Local civil administrator Vijay Jogdande says the bodies were brought to Pithoragarh town in northern India's Uttarakhand state on Wednesday in Indian Air Force helicopters.
Dozens of mountaineers have been competing over the past few weeks to summit the world's second highest mountain, the last peak above 8,000 metres to be topped in wintertime.
The government, expedition workers and businesses are hoping foreign climbers who bring some $300 million annually to Nepal will return during the autumn climbing season that begins in September.
Hundreds of tourists clambered up Australia’s Uluru on Friday, the day before a permanent ban on climbing the sacred rock takes effect following a decades-long fight by indigenous people to close the trek.
Their deaths came as major search operations were launched looking for skiers following four separate avalanches in central Europe.
Karrar Haidri, the secretary of the Alpine Club of Pakistan, said on Monday that the two climbers were rescued after the five-member British team had an accident at Koyo Zom peak on Sunday. He didn't elaborate on the nature of the accident.