Twelve tourists, including four Slovenian nationals, stranded along Namkha trekking route amid heavy snowfall

Persistent snowfall has obstructed the Nyalu Lek section, in Namkha-6, in the trekking route. The tourists had left for the trek from Simikot on October 8.

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Kathmandu; As many as 12 trekkers, including four Slovenia nationals, three guides and five locals, have been stranded at Tumling in the Limi area, Namkha rural municipality, in northern Humla. The tourists were trekking around Hilsa and Limi areas in Humla, in north-western Nepal, when heavy snowfall battered the region.

According to Ganesh Acharya, chief district officer of Humla, the trekkers were about to return to Simikot, the district headquarters, after completing their trip, before the snowfall began on Sunday night. 

[Related: Five climbers rescued from Mera Peak; airlifted to Kathmandu for treatment]

Persistent snowfall has obstructed the Nyalu Lek section, in Namkha-6, in the trekking route. The tourists had left for the trek from Simikot on October 8.

Paljor Tamang, ward chair of Namkha-6, said that snow as deep as three feet has covered the trekking route in Nyalu Lek. 

[Related: One dead, 10 tourists trapped as heavy snowfall batters Mera Peak]

Acharya, the CDO, said that he has corresponded with the Ministry of Home to manage helicopters to rescue stranded tourists. On Wednesday, inclement weather conditions denied rescue efforts, said Acharya. RSS

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