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The Annapurna Circuit is particularly popular among tourists. But many were unprepared for the conditions on the Thorong La pass, which bore the brunt of Tuesday's unseasonal snowstorm

Around 350 hikers, porters and guides were making their way across the Thorong La pass on Tuesday morning when a ferocious, lashing freak snowstorm - the tail end of a dying cyclone hudhud that had ravaged India's eastern coast - closed in on them.

Here is a report on some of the survivors' experiences on Times of India : 

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Nepal blizzard toll hits 39; 371 now rescued

KATMANDU, Nepal — The death toll in a blizzard that engulfed trekkers on a popular hiking route in Nepal rose by nine to 39 today, as a helicopter search spotted more bodies stranded in the snow-covered Himalayan terrain. Sixty more people were rescued from the Annapurna trail, a three-week route popular with foreign adventure tourists that circles the world’s 10th-tallest mountain. That brings the total saved to 371. Dozens more are missing. Twelve helicopters were used yesterday to drop searchers into otherwise inaccessible spots, and soldiers fanned out in different directions along the 150-mile route. Foreign victims included hikers from Canada, India, Israel and Poland who were caught on Wednesday by the tail end of a cyclone that battered India’s eastern coast last weekend before heading northward. Thorong La, the highest pass along the Annapurna trek, is at an altitude of 17,769 feet, but the route does not require mountaineering experience. Eyewitnesses said many victims died trying to descend the pass in freezing, whiteout conditions. The government has admitted failing to issue any warning that the weather would take a sudden turn for the worse, and it has promised to set up an early-warning system. The home ministry told officials [...]The post Nepal blizzard toll hits 39; 371 now rescued appeared first on Ohio news.
http://ohianews.com/nepal-blizzard-toll-hits-39-371-now-rescued/

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