Two hikers rescued from Kalihani pass in Himachal

Two trekkers stranded at the snow-capped Kalihani pass in Himachal Pradesh have been rescued by a seven-member team, the Kullu administration said on Monday.

The 4,800 meter high pass connects the Kullu Valley to the remote area of ​​Bara Bhangal in Kangra District.

The trekkers were identified as Sneha from Maharashtra and Peter Vein from Belgium, who were rescued by the seven-member rescue team comprising members of the Adventure Tour Operators Association (ATOA), Kullu and Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (ABVIMAS). ), Manali.

“The two trekkers are safe and brought to Manali,” said Surender Thakur, magistrate of Manali sub-division.

Members of the advance team reached the spot last night, he added. “One of the hikers, Sneha, 23, had snow blindness and had to be carried all the way,” Thakur said.

“Peter Vein, who accompanied him, had launched an SOS. Hikers were running out of food after sheltering under a rock for three days,” he added.

“Our team made concerted efforts to save the hikers despite the forecast of a snowstorm in the area,” said Praveen Sood, secretary of the Adventure Tour Operators Association.