Multiple groups of trekkers lost their way in Uttarakhand after heavy snowfall lashed the mountains there.
Dehradun: At least 12 trekkers have been found dead in Uttarakhand so far and several others remain missing as the Indian Air Force (IAF) carries out mega search and rescue operations in the mountains.
The dead trekkers include a woman from New Delhi and nine people from West Bengal. The identities of two trekkers or where they are from still have not been established.
While speaking to media, Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar confirmed that the bodies of seven trekkers have been recovered, while two have been rescued and two others remain missing. These are from a group of 11 trekkers who had gone missing Harsil.
Meanwhile, five more bodies of trekkers from another group of 11 trekkers, which went missing near Lamkhaga Pass, were also recovered, said the DGP.
They had begun the trek from Harsil in Uttarkashi district on October 11 and were to reach Chitkul via Lamkhaga pass.
Members of the trekking team included Anita Rawat (38) from Delhi, Mithun Dari (31) from West Bengal, Tanmay Tiwari (30), Vikash Makal (33), Saurav Ghosh (34), Saviayan Das (28), Richard Mandal (30) and Suken Manjhi (43), all from Kolkata.
The cooking staff have been identified as Devendra (37), Gyan Chandra (33) and Upendra (32) all from Purola in Uttarkashi.
Yesterday, the Indian Air Force (IAF) rescued a survivor and recovered five mortal remains from around 16,500-feet altitude near Lamkhaga Pass in Uttarakhand after a group of 17 trekkers, including tourists, porters and guides had lost their way on October 18 at Lamkhaga Pass due to heavy snowfall and inclement weather.
According to reports, the IAF is carrying out search and rescue operations on war footing despite adverse weather conditions in higher mountain reaches of Uttarakhand.