Rains trap 12 trekkers near U’khand-HP border
Uttarkashi: Twelve trekkers, including a couple from Mexico, nine from Maharashtra and one from Faridabad, were stranded while on their way from Har Ki Doon Valley to Chitkul in Himachal Pradesh following heavy rain. A team of Indo-Tibetan Border Police has been sent to conduct rescue operations and Uttarakhand has also deployed teams of the State Disaster Response Force and the forest department.
District disaster management officer Devendra Patwal told TOI, “A 23-member trekking group, including 12 tourists and 11 support staff, embarked on the 90km-long Har Ki DoonBorasu Pass-Chitkul trek on June 9. After heavy rain on Wednesday and Thursday, trekkers were stranded at Ranikanda, situated on the border of Uttarkashi and Chitkul at 3,800 metres above sea level. One of the trekkers has taken ill, making it difficult for others to move forward.”
The matter came to light after some of the porters managed to reach an ITBP camp at Chitkul on Thursday morning. Notably, erratic weather conditions in May and June have disrupted mountaineering expeditions in Garhwal hills this year.