January 18, 2020/Kathmandu: An avalanche in the Annapurna region has swept away four South Koreans and three Nepali guides, while 30 others were rescued, officials said.
The avalanche hit at an altitude of 10,600 feet before noon on Friday along the popular Annapurna circuit trekking route, said officials.
Rescuers plucked 30 trekkers who had been trapped by the avalanche blocking the trail and flew them to safety. An official with Nepal’s Department of Tourism, Meera Acharya, said that at least one Chinese national injured in the avalanche had been rescued by helicopter. Efforts were being made to rescue others.
The missing trekkers, two women and two men in their, were teachers who were in Nepal for volunteer work.
The ministry said that five other South Korean members of the same team were safe and taking shelter in a lodge
In October 2018, at least eight climbers, including a South Korean world-record holder, were killed in a similar accident on the Himalayas.