Five trekkers, out of a trekking team of 11 gone missing in Chitkul area of Kinnaur district of Himachal, have been found dead by a rescue chopper of the Army on Thursday. One injured person and a cook of the team have been located while four members are still missing.
Deputy Commissioner Kinnaur Abid Hussain Sadik said, “Bodies of five trekkers were located on Thursday by a rescue chopper of the Indian Army near Lamkhaga pass, one injured has been rescued and another person would be brought back on Friday as it was not possible to bring them due to bad weather.”
He said, ”Four members of the team have still not been traced and search by the Army and the ITBP rescue teams would continue on Friday.”
A team of eight trekkers had ventured on a trekking expedition from Harsil in Uttarakhand on October 11 along with a guide, a porter and a cook of a trekking agency. They were supposed to reach Chitkul on October 19 but had gone missing due to snowfall and bad weather in the area. The trekking agency after having lost contact with the team sought help administration to rescue the team.
The team included Mithun Dari, Tanmay Tiwari, Vikesh Makal, Saurva Ghosh, Savian Dass (all from Kolkata) and Anita Tewari from Delhi. They were accompanied by Devender, Gyan Chand and Upender from Uttrakhand.