Local youth dies in Snowstorm in Dhauladhar Mountains
A 24-year –old caught in snowstorm was found dead by team of rescuers on Wednesday on mountain trail leading to Triund - a spot famous with trekkers in Dhauladhar mountain ranges, reports Gaurav Bisht.india Updated: Feb 11, 2010 18:41 IST
A 24-year –old caught in snowstorm was found dead by team of rescuers on Wednesday on mountain trail leading to Triund - a spot famous with trekkers in Dhauladhar mountain ranges.
The youth, Deepak Sharma of old Charhi road in Dharamsala was with his friend Shivender Parmar, 24, on a trek to Triund when they were caught up in snowstorm that swept across the high mountain terrain. Deepak became exhausted and found difficult to make his way through strong velocity snow blizzard that dropped more than two feet snow on the trail. Deepak fell unconscious, while his friend Shivender, stouter with his physique, in the darkness managed to reach the small shanty on way to forest rest house.
After spending cold night in the shanty which on other days offer tea to trekkers , next morning on Tuesday Shivender found Deepak buried under snow. Shivender left his cap, so that any trekker passing by could see marks of his buried friend. Shivender further went on the top forest rest house in Triund, which was closed due to heavy snowfall. Shivender collected some old gunny bags lying in forest rest house to lit fire, while with his mirror he signaled to a group of foreigners who were trekking downhill.
Foreign tourists on reaching Bagsu village informed that a trekker was stuck up in the snow. On recving the information, Subash Neharia vice president of Municipal Council, Dharamsala, who also arranges tours and excursions, dispatched rescuers to high mountains. Shivender’s father Virender is a councilor in the local civic body.
Trekking party when reached the spot found Deepak buried under snow, Shivender informed that his friend shivered constantly before he fell unconscious. Deepak’s body was brought to Zonal Hospital in Dharamsala in the evening. Police was yet to receive autopsy report but the doctors in the hospital attributed “ hypothermia” as the main reason for Deepak's death.. SSP Kangra, DR Atul Fulzele told HT that preliminary reports indicate that youth died due to cold. He said the local travel agents have been asked to desist tourist from trekking in high mountains during snowfall.