An avalanche striked a team of climbers on a high Himalayan peak in Nepal last Sunday, leaving at least 9 dead and 6 others missing. Many of the climbers were French or German.
According to Officials, 2 bodies had been recovered while 7 were spotted on the slopes of Mount Manaslu in the north of the country. Two bodies recovered are said to be of a German and a Nepalese guide.
The accident took place at 7,000 meters (22,950 feet), making it difficult for land rescue teams to reach. The avalanche struck a base camp near the summit last Saturday. The avalanche took place at about 5 a.m. local time.
Police official Basanta Bahadur Kuwar stated that 10 people had survived the avalanche but many among them were injured. They were being flown to hospitals by rescue helicopters.
Heavy snow and poor conditions meant air searches for survivors or bodies were impossible on Sunday. Officials are trying to determine exactly how many people were in the climbing party.
Mr. Kuwar added that the bad weather conditions meant it was impossible to continue air searches of the mountain on Sunday.
The climbers were caught at 7,000m (22,960ft) as they were preparing to head toward the summit, which is 8,156m high.
According to Laxmi Dhakal, head of the Nepalese home ministry’s disaster response division, “The avalanche hit camp 3 of the Manaslu peak… resulting in a flood of snow.”
Hundreds of foreign climbers head every year for the Himalayas in Nepal, which has 8 of the world’s 14 highest mountains, including Mount Everest.
Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world, is considered one of the most treacherous, with dozens of deaths in recent years.
The Nepal tourism officials said that 231 foreign mountaineers from 25 teams were attempting to climb the mountain in the current autumn season that ends in November.