Kathmandu: A veteran Nepalese guide who has climbed the Mt Everest 19 times is missing along with two others, after an avalanche hit their expedition in the Himalayas.
The veteran Sherpa guide, Chhewang Nima, 43, was accompanying a British expedition to the 7,130 m Mt Baruntse. Sources in the Nepal Mountaineering Association said two other Sherpa guides were also missing along with him.
They said an avalanche in the mountain hit the men who were fixing ropes near the summit. Other members of the expedition were reported to be safe.
A rescue team was dispatched on a helicopter today to look for the guides.
Nima has climbed Mt Everest 19 times.