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Avalanche Hits Manaslu Base Camp, American Ski Mountaineer Missing

An avalanche has occurred at the base camp of Mt Manaslu in Gorkha district. Director General of Department of Tourism (DoT) Hom Prasad Luintel told that an avalanche hit the base camp of Manaslu and 12 people have been injured in the incident.

According to him, three of the injured are in serious condition while six are in normal condition. Hilaree Nelson, a well known personality in mountaineering community has gone missing while descending after summiting the mountain.

Three helicopters had flown from Kathmandu towards the disaster site for rescuing those affected by the avalanche. 2 injured are brought to Kathmandu for treatement.

Mingma Sherpa, who went for rescue of the people injured in the avalanche, said that the rescue has become difficult due to inclement weather. He shared that a team of Sherpas was standby along with three helicopters at Samagaun.

The avalanche occurred at the base camp of Mt Manaslu at Chumanubri Rural Municipality-1 of Gorkha district. The foreigners who were on mountaineering expedition and their Nepali assistants are at the base camp. The climbers have gone to the base camp of Mt Manaslu from various companies including the Seven Summit Trek.

DoT’s Mountaineering Section said 404 climbing teams of 38 expedition teams have taken permit for climbing Mt Manaslu in the autumn season. A total of 506 mountaineers belonging to 58 expedition teams have acquired permission for climbing 15 mountains and peaks including Mt Everest and Mt Manaslu this autumn season.

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