KATHMANDU: Four South Koreans and three Nepalis are missing and about 200 people have been rescued after an avalanche hit trekkers on Annapurna, one of the highest mountains in the Himalayas, officials said on Saturday.
South Korea was to send an emergency team to Nepal to help in a desperate search operation.
The incident occurred at an altitude of about 3,230 metres (10,600 feet) close to Annapurna base camp following heavy snowfall on Friday.
Six of the missing are from one trekking expedition while one Nepali porter is from a different group. “A search operation is underway for the seven out of contact,” Mira Acharya of Nepal’s tourism department told AFP.
About 200 people have been rescued from the avalanche-hit zone as well as other trekking routes after the weather eased to let helicopters fly in.