Trekkers killed in the Himalaya, including 4 Canadians

Updated: October 15, 2014
Trekkers killed in the Himalaya

A snowstorm and avalanche in Nepal’s Himalayas has killed 17 trekkers and guides, nine foreigners and eight Nepalis, on a popular hiking route, while more than 100 others remain out of contact, officials say.

In a separate incident, 12 mountaineers were killed on Tuesday after being trapped by a snowstorm near Throung La pass, the highest point of the Annapurna trekking circuit (17,779 feet), military spokesperson Niranjan Shrestha said.

Only the bodies of the two Polish nationals, an Israeli and a Nepalese have been found so far, and the nationality of the people who are still buried under the snow was yet unknown.

Thirty-eight other people trapped on Nepal’s Himalayan mountains have been rescued by two military helicopters, Shrestha said.

After the recent Hudhud cyclone which killed 24 people in India, Nepal has been experiencing unusually heavy rainfall and snowfall in the middle of the high trekking season.

Fatal accidents in the Himalayan region are relatively common.

An avalanche killed a German and an Italian mountaineer last September during a climbing expedition at a 26,289 feet-high mountain in the Himalayan range.

In April, another avalanche killed 12 Nepalese sherpas and seriously injured three others when they were heading to one of the base camps on Mount Everest.