Bodies of Missing Trekkers Found in Nepal 3-Months Later

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In this Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 photo, trekkers are being airlifted a day after an avalanche hit Mount Annapurna trail in Nepal. Photo by AP News.

Recent spring thaw in Earth’s tallest mountain range has solved a 3-month long mystery, revealing tragedy.

Last week, the bodies of two missing trekkers were located after a South Korean duo went missing in January 2020 along with at least four other hikers, all of whom were believed to have been caught in an avalanche in the Himalaya Mountains

Additionally, the bodies of two Nepali guides were discovered on the trail not far from where the two South Korean trekkers were found. These two sherpas were guides hired by the South Koreans. Unfortunately, they were all caught and killed in the same avalanche in January 2020.

According to the New York Times, the group had been trekking in the Annapurna region of the Himalaya when an avalanche buried them. They never returned home from their trek.

Search parties were organized shortly after the six were reported missing, but conditions didn’t allow for a thorough search of the area which was covered by recent snow. It then became clear that something horrendous had happened.

Then the bodies of the two South Korean trekkers were found last week, followed by their guides. Four of the group’s six members are now confirmed dead.

On Sunday, helicopters flew the deceased trekkers’ remains back to Kathmandu, where their families awaited closure. 

The families of two trekkers are still awaiting news of their loved ones who have yet to be found.

At this time, most trails in Nepal are almost completely empty except for local traffic because of COVID-19 related lockdowns.

In this Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 photo, trekkers wait to be airlifted a day after an avalanche hit Mount Annapurna trail in Nepal. Photo by ABC News.

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