Photos have emerged with the bodies and belongings of the 8 missing climbers half buried in snow.
Bad news:— Manish Prasad (@manishindiatv) June 3, 2019
Equipment/ Backpack and bodies seen in open/ partially buried in snow through aerial view (Helicopter) today near the un climbed peak where the 8 missing #mountaineers who were reported heading towards #NandaDevi East at around 20000 ft.@indiatvnews @ITBP_official pic.twitter.com/A4sFPOF3yP
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) had launched a search and rescue operation for the 8 missing climbers who had been missing since May 13.
A 12-member team went on an expedition to Mount Nanda Devi East in Kumaon, Uttarakhand from May 10 to June 15. Only 4 out of the 12 climbers have returned to the base came while 8 have been missing including 7 foreigners.
The team left Munsiyari on May 13 to scale the 7434-meter peak and was scheduled to return to the base camp on Friday. Their expedition was cleared by Indian Mountaineering Foundation.
The district administration had sent a search party to locate the missing climbers but had not been able to make any breakthroughs yet.
The local Rajaswa Police and State Disaster Response Force were also assisting in the search and rescue operations.
The described route of the expedition was Munsiyari-Lilam-Martoli-Lawan-Nanda Devi East Base Camp.
The route also goes through heavy snow bound areas in between.
This year, there was heavy snowfall recorded in the valleys around and heavy snow still exists in many pockets.