Twelve members of a group of hikers stranded on the Khemengar glacier were taken to Kaza on Wednesday
Twelve members of a group of hikers stranded on the Khemengar glacier were taken to Kaza on Wednesday. They were then taken to the community health center for a medical examination. Two of them had frostbite.
Those rescued included a sherpa, six porters and three hikers.
Four porters and two bodies descended from the Khemenger Glacier. Lahaul and Spiti DC Neeraj Kumar said that upon arriving in Kaza, the team members received first aid and they are all in good health. He thanked the ITBP, the Dogra scouts and the porters for carrying out the rescue operation.
A team of 18 people left Batal on September 15 for the Khemengar glacier. It had six hikers, a sherpa and 11 porters.
The group stayed in seven locations before reaching the Khemenger Glacier. Members Sandeep Thakurta and Bhaskerdeep decided to stay on the eighth point on September 24. They were, however, found dead when other members of the group returned to see them on September 25.
The team then decided to seek help from the Kaza administration. A porter, Jeevan, along with another member of the group, Abhijeet, set out on a two-day trek to reach Kaza.
On September 27, the local administration formed a 32-member rescue team and sent it to the village of Kah in the Pin Valley.
The vanguard of the rescue team found members of the group en route the next day. Two of these limbs suffered from frostbite.