Three Japanese, one Sherpa missing in Mt Dhaulagiri

Three Japanese climbers and a Sherpa guide were swept away by an avalanche at a mountain peak in Nepal and a helicopter has been sent to rescue them, a Tourism Ministry official said.

Last Updated: Sep 30, 2010, 13:18 PM IST

Kathmandu: Three Japanese climbers and a
Sherpa guide were swept away by an avalanche at a mountain
peak in Nepal and a helicopter has been sent to rescue them, a
Tourism Ministry official said on Thursday.

Osamu Tanabe, Toshio Yamamoto and Daisuke Hoda of
Japan and their Nepalese guide Pasang Ghelu Sherpa were stuck
at 6,000 to 6,500 metre altitude on the Mt Dhaulagiri on
Tuesday as they were heading towards the peak of 8,163 metre
high mountain after setting up base camp, said the official at
Mountaineering section of the Tourism Ministry.

The avalanche occurred at Mt Dhaulagiri, the seventh
highest mountain in the world when they were climbing up from
camp 1 after setting up base camp, he said.

A helicopter belonging to Mountain Air has been sent
to carry out rescue works in the Himalayas today, the official
said, adding the efforts to carry out rescue operation was
hindered due to bad weather yesterday.

PTI