India is mounting a grueling effort to recover the bodies of climbers hit by an avalanche in the Himalayas

Business Insider | 2/25/2014 | Reuters
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Indian authorities are trying to recover the bodies of climbers hit by an avalanche and likely killed in the Himalayas.

The task is complicated by harsh weather conditions and dangerous terrain, and recovering the bodies could take days or even weeks.

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MUMBAI (Reuters) - Two weeks after an avalanche swept up and probably killed a group of climbers in the Himalayas, Indian authorities mounted efforts to pluck their bodies from an exposed mountain face, braving harsh weather and treacherous terrain.

Peaks - Range - World - Thousands - Adventurers

The peaks in the 1,500-mile-long range are among some of the world's tallest and most dangerous, drawing thousands of adventurers who risk their lives scaling them each year. This year alone, more than two dozen climbers have been killed on peaks in India, Nepal and Pakistan.

"It could be very frightening up there and it's definitely going to snow," said Purmal Dharmshaktu, 61, who has climbed Himalayan peaks for 35 years.

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"It's summer and the crevasses would have widened. This is an incredibly tough task."

The retrieval could take days, if not weeks, said officials who have been forced to abort aerial recovery bids because of the rugged terrain.

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The Indian air force, border police and state and national disaster officials have been drafted into the recovery plans. A team of 32 launched a fresh ground and aerial effort on Tuesday that is expected to run 25...
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