Three Indian Army mountaineers die after successful climb

Three army soldiers, who were part of a mountaineering expedition, died today morning after falling ill due to cold and adverse weather conditions while returning from Mount Trishul in Garhwal.

Last Updated: Jun 09, 2010, 22:20 PM IST

New Delhi: Three army soldiers, who were
part of a mountaineering expedition, died today morning after
falling ill due to cold and adverse weather conditions while
returning from Mount Trishul in Garhwal.

The team had successfully scaled the peak on the night
of 07/08 June and while returning, the team encountered
extreme weather conditions in the form of unseasonal heavy
snowfall and blizzards for almost 24 hours, officials said
here.

"While descending back to base camp, Havaldar Thandraj
Rai, Naik Chandra Bahadur Limbu and Naik Nima Wandi Sharpa
fell critically ill and succumbed to cold injuries," an
official said.

The expedition to Mount Trishul (7120 meters) was
flagged off on May 15 last month.

The team from the 11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre was
led by Major K S Rajawat, who has led a number of expeditions
in the recent past, and had two officers, two junior
commissioned officers and 27 other ranks.

PTI