Indian Air Force launched a massive rescue operation in Uttarakhand's Lamkhaga pass after the SOS call of authorities for 17 trekkers who lost their way in this treacherous pass connecting the Kinnaur of Himachal Pradesh with Harsil in Uttarakhand. Eleven dead bodies found by IAF have three cooks, Eight trekkers. The rescue team also managed to find a survivor who is now in the District hospital of Uttarkashi.
17 trekkers lost their way on October 18 due to the heavy snowfall with the harsh weather condition. Air Force launched a rescue operation in the whole area on October 20. Lamkhaga pass is situated at an altitude of 17,000 feet with hidden dangers and unreliable conditions, connecting the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh with Harsil in Uttarakhand. IAF uses two Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) choppers to reach Harsil, a high-level hill destination, and to organize rescue at this high altitude destination. Rescue operation is going on along with the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF).
In the search operation conducted by SDRF at an altitude of 15,700 feet, four dead bodies were found. The rescue team also managed to find a survivor at an altitude of 16,800 feet who was stuck there.
ALH crew also rescued a survivor and they had brought five dead bodies from the height of 16,500 feet amid the extreme weather conditions and handed the dead bodies to the local police.
Eight trekkers found dead till now, one is from Delhi, the other seven are from West Bengal. The team also found the dead bodies of three cooks who were there along with the team.
Members of the trekking team include Anita Rawat (38) from Delhi, Mithun Dari (31), Tanmay Tiwari (30), Vikash Makal (33), Saurav Ghosh (34), Saviayan Das(28), Richard Mandal (30), and Suken Manjhi (43) all from West Bengal. All the three cooking personals have been identified as Devendra (37), Gyan Chandra (33), and Upendra (32), all three of them used to belong from Purola in Uttarkashi. A search operation is undergoing to rescue or to find the remaining missing team by the ALH crew. They had begun the trek from Harsil in Uttarkashi district on October 11 and were supposed to reach Chitkul via Lamkhaga pass.