UPDATE-No Bulgarian Trekkers Missing in Nepal Mountains

Incidents | October 17, 2014, Friday // 13:10|  views

No Bulgarian trekkers are missing in Nepal’s northern mountains where blizzards and avalanches killed at least 29 people two days ago, a Bulgarian trekking tour organizer has said.

Evgeniy Dinchev told BNR radio station on Friday the Bulgarian hikers are safe and sound and will return to Sofia on Saturday.

Earlier on Friday, Sofia-based 24 Chasa daily quoted Dinchev as saying at least three Bulgarian nationals whom he knows personally, were believed to have been in the region of a trekkers’camp 4,500 metres  above sea level where most of the deaths occurred.

Dinchev, who had trekked in the region about 30 times so far, told BNR: “I said explicitly that according to my own estimates, they [the Bulgarian trekkers] were to be outside the area even before the accident occurred.

“I said there was no communication with them but most probably they had already been out of the accident area before the accident happened.”

Dinchev didn’t give the names of the Bulgarian nationals.

According to the BBC, Nepalese, Israeli, Canadian, Indian, Slovak and Polish trekkers are among those killed.

Meanwhile, Nepalese rescue teams have expanded their search for missing trekkers along the Annapurna Trail, a popular trekkingroute on which the destroyed camp was built, Foxnews reported.

According to a government official of Mustang district where the rescue operation is underway, helicopters resumed search Friday to find trekkers still stranded in small lodges and huts dotted along the Annapurna Trail and were covering a wider area. 

Rescuers have already evacuated 78 trekkers from Mustang district and 157 from neighboring Manang district since search and rescue efforts began on Wednesday.


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