New Delhi (CNN)A search team in the Indian Himalayas has spotted five bodies on the unnamed peak where eight climbers are believed to have gone missing a week ago.
Pithoragarh District Magistrate Vijay Kumar Jogdande told CNN Monday that the bodies appear to be partially buried in an avalanche on the peak in different locations.
Bodies - Analysis - Photographs - Helicopter - Air
The bodies were identified following analysis of photographs taken by a helicopter that conducted an air survey of the area earlier in the day.
By Monday afternoon local time, the search operation had stopped for the day, Jogdande said. Now, authorities are formulating a plan to recover the bodies.
Sunday - Helicopter - Teams - Signs - Avalanche
On Sunday, helicopter teams saw signs of an avalanche on the peak the group were thought to be on, according to two state officials. On Monday a lone chopper went to recce the area and its crew discovered the backpack at an elevation of about 5,000 meters.
Jogdande said it was likely the missing team had been caught up in a "huge avalanche."
Chances - Survival
"The chances of survival are almost zero now," he said.
The group was attempting to scale a previously unclimbed and unnamed peak believed to be about 6,477 meters (21,250 feet) high, according to Facebook posts from the group's expedition company. The alarm was raised a few days after they failed to return to camp.
Climbers - Permission - Peak - Authorities - Monday
The eight climbers did not have permission to climb an unnamed peak, Indian authorities said Monday.
Jogdande added that if authorities had known that the eight climbers were planning on climbing the unnamed peak instead of Nanda Devi East, they "would not have given permission."
Rain - Winds - Area - Search - Efforts
He said that heavy rain and high winds in the area had been hampering search efforts.
The British Association of Mountain Guides (BMG) identified British national Martin Moran as the group's leader and one of those missing.
Martin - Moran - Clients
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