Three Indian pilgrims and one Canadian of Indian origin have been killed in Tibet while undertaking the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.
The deaths, which took place between Thursday and Saturday, were due to a cardiac arrest and altitude sickness as a result of low acclimatisation to high altitudes in the Himalayas.
“All the deaths took place in the Tibet region of China over the last three days with the last casualty happening on Saturday,” deputy chief of mission of Indian embassy in Kathmandu, Vinay Kumar, told Hindustan Times.
The deceased have been identified as 59-year-old Daulat Singh from Madhya Pradesh, 62-yeal-old B Lingeshwara, 76-year-old Bhogilal Patel from Rajasthan and 62-year-old Krishna Murthy, a Canadian of Indian origin.
Singh’s body reached India by road while three were airlifted to Kathmandu. Of these, one has been sent back to India while the remaining two will be sent on Sunday.
The Indian embassy in the Himalayan nation issued a travel advisory earlier this month to avoid the Nepalgunj-Simikot-Hisla route for a few weeks due to inclement weather.
Despite the advisory being issued after nearly 500 pilgrims were left stranded on the route due to bad weather conditions, there has been no let up in the traffic.
Local reports say over 3,000 Indian pilgrims have already crossed through Nepalgunj-Simikot-Hisla on their pilgrimage. Most of them fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot in small aircrafts and then take helicopters from Simikot to Hisla, which is on the border with China.
Thousands undertake the Kailash Mansarovar yatra every year between April and June.
The Nepalgunj-Simikot-Hisla route came into operation after China closed the Tatopani border with Nepal following the devastating earthquake last year.