An expedition team that was trapped in the mountains in western Nepal following a snowstorm on Friday was rescued today. The team included two German climbers and 18 Nepalis, who were mountain guides and support staff.
The team was descending towards Manang after the expedition of Saribung Peak in the Upper Mustang.
According to the Manang District Administration Office, the rescued Germans are Tobias Groenen (48) and his wife Gudrun Ingrid Ziermann (44).
The German nationals and two Nepalis, who sought serious medical attention, were airlifted to Kathmandu on a Simrik Air chopper today, according to the Chief District Officer of Manang, Bhimkanta Sharma.
The two Nepalis are identified as Aaite Tamang and Hom Tamang of Nuwakot. The four were taken to Vayodha Hospital in Kathmandu for medical checkup.
Using helicopter flight rescue system that included long-line rope, all 20 persons were rescued to safety to Fu in Manang one-by-one.
Other Nepalis, who are in good health, are heading towards Chame from Fu of Manang, CDO Sharma informed.
The team was returning after trekking to the Damodar Kunda and climbing Saribung Peak when it was hit by snowstorm yesterday, Deputy Superintendent of Police Jagannath Gautam said.
A strong storm had blown away their tents and other belongings when they were taking rest.