The rescued trekkers include one male and one female from France and four males and three females from China
Indian Air Force’s Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH), in the last two days, helped rescue more than 107 stranded individuals at Niraq in the Zanskar valley, Ladakh, the officials said on January 16.
The stranded trekkers, which included foreign nationals were a part of the ongoing ‘Chadar Trek’.
“50 trekkers including nine foreign nationals and approximately equal number of local guides and porters, who were a part of the ongoing ‘Chadar Trek’, got stranded when some portions of the frozen Zanskar River melted,” the IAF said in a statement.
“The melting caused the flow of the water to become too strong, for the trekkers to continue across the river on foot. The stranded trekkers managed to move to Niraq, a small camp site upstream and were awaiting to be rescued,” the statement added.
A makeshift helipad was prepared along the river bank to carry out rescue.
The rescued trekkers include one male and one female from France and four males and three females from China.
The rescue operation is still underway.
Additionally, in order to provide medical facilities to the stranded trekkers a medical officer and a medical assistant were also flown to Niraq.
The team has setup a medical assistance camp at Niraq and are providing basic medical assistance to the stranded trekkers.
The operations were undertaken by IAF in close coordination with Ladakh’s newly formed civil administration, nearby Indian Army units and local disaster relief teams.
Chadar Trek is a winter trek walking over the blanket of frozen Zanskar River. With snow all aroud, the 9-day Zanskar frozen river trek goes through extreme weather conditions. The total distance covered along the trek is 105 km.