Rains trap 12 trekkers near U’khand-HP border

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - Ab­hyu­daya Kot­nala

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.

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