ITBP recovers two bodies of hikers 18,000 feet in Himachal
Shimla, September 30 (SocialNews.XYZ) In a daring operation at an altitude of 18,000 feet, soldiers from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on Thursday recovered two bodies of West Bengal hikers, who died this week in the Pine Valley in Himachal Pradesh, and brought them on stretchers to base camp, traveling 32 km.
The bodies were handed over to the civil administration in Kaza, some 320 km from here, sub-divisional magistrate Mohan Dutt told media.
Four porters were also evacuated by them. Dogra Scout personnel were also part of the rescue operation.
A team of six hikers from the Arete Mountaineering Club in Kolkata, along with a guide and 11 porters were stranded at Khemenger Glacier in Lahaul-Spiti district. A day earlier, the ITBP rescued 11 team members.
The deceased have been identified as Bhaskardeb Mukhopadhya and Sandeep Kumar Thakurta, both residents of Kolkata.
Spiti, dominated by trans-Himalayan Buddhists, has a rich treasure of monasteries. It attracts globetrotters not only for nature-based activities, but also to explore ancient monasteries like Tabo, which are over 1,000 years old.
The whole region, populated mainly by tribes, remains cut off from the rest of the country for more than six months a year because of the snow.