A group of 17 trekkers including tourists, porters, and guides were reported missing on October 18 at Lamkhaga Pass, Himachal Pradesh due to heavy snowfall and inclement weather.
The trekkers had left Harshil in adjoining Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi for Chitkul in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur on October 14, but they reportedly went missing from October 17 to 19 in Lamkhaga pass. The Lamkhaga Pass is one of the toughest passes which connects the Kinnaur district with Harshil in Uttrakhand.
Responding to SOS, the Indian Air Force rushed to rescue on October 20 and 2 ALH helicopters reached Harsil. A search operation was undertaken with three National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel onboard, while the ALH aircrafts were working at the maximum permissible altitude during the afternoon hours.
On October 21, State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel were able to locate two rescue sites and four mortal remains were found. Meanwhile, on October 22, ALH rescued a survivor and five mortal remains were recovered at an altitude of 16500 ft.
The authorities handed over the mortal remains to the local Police and the survivors were given first aid at Harsil and were later sent to the district hospital, Uttarkashi.
Two more mortal remains have been located and are being rescued on foot by Jt Patrol of Dogra Scouts, four Assam and two ITBP members to Nithal Thach. Search for the remaining two individuals will be undertaken by the ALH crew on October 23.