Two trekkers, part of a group of eight who went missing on Friday, were rescued and airlifted to Manali after being stranded in a cave in Chanderkhani pass.
Rescue operations that were hampered by bad weather over the weekend, resumed at 7:30 am on Monday and airlifted the remaining two trekkers. Deputy commissioner Kullu Hansraj Chauhan confirmed that ell eight trekkers had been brought to safety.
“We could not rescue the two youth on Sunday but our team had traced them out and provided food and medicines. Today, the weather is cloudy but we have airlifted them to Manali,” he said.
Rescuers had airlifted six of the eight trekkers who had gone missing on March 11 during a trekking expedition to Chanderkhani pass. Rescuers managed to trace the group on Sunday after a two-day long search operation. The group included seven students from the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology in Punjab’s Sangrur city along with their trekking instructor from Kullu.
District administration hired a private heli-ski to trace the missing trekkers. In its first sortie on Sunday morning, they spotted foot prints in the snow-clad Chanderkhani pass.
In the second sortie at 3:30 pm, rescuers traced six trekkers – Chetan Chori and Saurav Sharma from Ambala district, Haryana, Ankush Kumar from Punjab’s Gurdaspur district, Rohit Kumar from Bagpat district in Uttar Pradesh, Akshay Kumar Bura from Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh, and instructor Bharat Prakash Kaistha from Kullu.
While being airlifted, the trekkers told rescuers about two others – Hitendra Sharma from Theog, Himachal Pradesh, and Anil Kumar from UP’s Hamirpur district – who had taken shelter in a cave. However sudden rain halted the rescue and they could not be reached. But food and first aid was air dropped.
The trekkers were taken to the Zonal hospital Kullu, where all of them are under treatment. Doctors said the group was out of danger.