ITBP was requested to search for eight mountaineers who were reported missing since May 26 while attempting a summit on an unnamed peak near Nanda Devi East
Maninder Kohli, a mountaineer who runs a trekking company from New Delhi that has taken groups to Nanda Devi East
base camp, said the snow level in the Indian Himalayas this year has been abnormally high.
He was also part of the British expedition up the 23,000ft summit of Nanda Devi East
in the Himalayas in 2009.
Martin Moran, 64, whose business and home is based in the west Highlands, was not among the seven bodies found at Peak 6,447m, near Nanda Devi East
, the British Mountain Guide association confirmed.
Summary: New Delhi [India], July 7 (ANI): Eleven member Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) mountaineers' team who retrieved the bodies of mountaineers successfully from Nanda Devi East
were airlifted from the Base Camp to Pithoragarh on Sunday.
"They are only allowed onto its slightly lower twin Nanda Devi East
, which together stand in the centre of a ring of peaks," it said.
The second aerial mission concluded after tracing the climbers "last-known location and footmarks" on the other side of the Nanda Devi East
Peak, said Vijay Kumar Jogdande, the top civil servant in the Pithoragarh district of India's rugged state of Uttarakhand.
The mountaineers were on an expedition to Nanda Devi East
Veteran British mountaineer Martin Moran led a team of four Britons, two Americans, an Australian and an Indian on an expedition up the 25,600ft Nanda Devi East
mountain, India's second highest peak.
"The mountain has two summits, with the main summit at 7,816 meters and Nanda Devi East
at 7,434 meters.
"The bodies of the seven out of the eight mountaineers who were lost in the Nanda Devi East
region were located by the ITBP team on June 23.
"The open permit acquired from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) covered the peak of Nanda Devi East
and all peaks which could be reached from the Base Camp for Nanda Devi East
, peak 6477 being one of these.