Four French climbers go missing near Kathmandu
The French embassy in Kathmandu has confirmed that the climbers have been missing and said they were planning to conduct a search.india Updated: Nov 14, 2006 14:40 IST
Four French climbers have gone missing as they were trying to scale a 5,896-metre peak in Ganesh Himal range near Kathmandu, sources close to the mountaineers said on Tuesday.
The four-member, all-men team left to climb Paldor Peak, about 70 kilometres north of Kathmandu, on October 12, according to media reports.
Stefania Paolik, a friend of the missing men said they were supposed to meet on November 5 but the climbers did not show up.
Talking about them, she said, "They were very experienced climbers and one of them was a mountain guide, while the other was finishing his training."
The men aged between 28 and 36 were from the mountain town of Grenoble in southeastern France.
Paolik said the four carried enough food for their climb and also had a satellite telephone with them.
They were sighted last time at a base camp on October 13. However, there had been a helicopter overflight but nothing was seen, she added.
The French embassy in Kathmandu has confirmed that the climbers have been missing and said they were planning to conduct a search in the area.