Three French Climbers Reported Missing After Avalanche Hits Mount Everest

A bag has been spotted at the avalanche hit area. / Photo Courtesy: Kailash Helicopter Services

A desperate search and rescue operation is underway after three French climbers were reported missing on Saturday after an avalanche hit a mountain near Mount Everest.

According to French media, the missing climbers have been identified as Thomas Arfi, Gabriel Miloche and Louis Pachoud. They were part of an eight-member expedition team that was scaling the 6,783-metre Mt Khangtega in the Khumbu region.

The media report said that the three climbers had reportedly gone out of contact on October 26, but the incident was reported only on Saturday.

According to Pralhad Chapagain of the Holiday Himalaya Trek and Expedition, the agency that had facilitated the group to obtain the climbing permits, the Department of Tourism had issued the permits on October 23.

Ang Norbu Sherpa, president of Nepal National Mountain Guides Association, which is leading the search and rescue operation, said the exact location from where the climbers went missing is unknown.

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SOURCE: The Kathmandu Post, Sangam Prasaain