Three French climbers disappeared in Nepal after an avalanche: searches interrupted for 3 to 4 days

the essential Operations to find three young French climbers, missing in Nepal since 26 October after an avalanche in the region of Everest, did not give anything Wednesday morning and are suspended three or four days, announced the rescuers.

“I carried out an aerial search this morning again, but found nothing. As we were unable to make any progress in the search for the missing climbers, we decided to stop the search operations for three, four days, ”said Ang Norbu Sherpa, president of the National Association of Nepalese Mountain Guides and a member of the search and rescue operation.

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In their twenties, Louis Pachoud, Gabriel Miloche and Thomas Arfi had undertaken the ascent of the west face of Mingbo Eiger (6. 070 meters above sea level) .

Members of the National Mountaineering Excellence Group (GEAN), an elite formation of the French Federation of Alpine and Mountain Clubs (FFCAM), they were part of a team that arrived at the end of September, in the Khumbu and Everest region, with the aim of climbing different summits culminating in some 5. 000 and 6. m, south of Ama Dablam (6814 m).

“The hope of finding survivors is now almost nil,” FFCAM said on Monday, while the search was taking place near the summit of Mingbo Eiger.

The last telephone contact with them from their bivouac dates back to 26 October, according to the Federation.

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On Monday, Pratap Jung Pandey, general manager of Kailash Helicopter Service had said that “something like a bag or a black object has been spotted on the side of the mountain.”

“The helicopter reconnaissance dispatched by the FFCAM on Sunday 31 October in the morning as well as the overflight of their track on Monday November 1 made it possible to locate their tracks up to 5. 900 meters on the ridge leading to the summit. At this altitude, the rescuers were able to observe the outbreak of an avalanche, “added the FFCAM.

These same traces show that they “gave up going to the top, turned around and started their descent by their ascent route”. The rescuers found three bags, as well as the bivouac equipment.

Nepal reopened its doors in September to foreign climbers, exempting those vaccinated from quarantine. The Covid pandemic – 000 last year resulted in the total shutdown of the tourism industry in the country of 30 millions of inhabitants, devastating its highly dependent economy.

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