Two hikers died from the cold on the Khemenger Glacier during an unseasonal snowfall in Himachal Pradesh, India

Two climbers from Kolkata died while descending from the Khemenger Glacier in the Spiti Valley after crossing Mt. Parahio.

The six-member team from the Arete Mountaineering Club, Calcutta, was hiking to the glacier, which is the main source of the Rongtong stream. The glacier is 5,884 meters above sea level. One of the hikers, Abhijit Banik, along with a stretcher-bearer, reached Casa the morning of the two-day hike and reported that two people had died.

The duo said it would take three days to reach the other group members who were stuck in the snow.

Their group consisted of 18 people, including 10 porters and one Sherpa.

The two dead were identified as Sandeep Kumar Thakurta and Bhaskerdeep.

Lahaul and Spiti Deputy Commissioner Niraj Kumar said two rescue teams consisting of members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Dogra scouts, local climbers, doctors and military personnel had been formed. “Two hikers reportedly died because of cold weather conditions, as unseasonable snow fell in the high mountain region,” he added.

The rescue operation will begin from the village of Kah in the Pin Valley. On Tuesday, teams will travel from Kah to Chankankhango, then to Dhar Thango and reach the Khemengar Glacier via Dhar Thango on the third day.

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