A rescue operation was done by the air force in Lamkhaga Pass in Uttarakhand. Operation was done at an altitude of 17,000 feet and it found that 17 trekkers lost their life during the heavy snowfall and disturbed weather. In the incident that took place on October 18, people who were killed included guides, tourists, porters and many more. Lamkhaga Pass is one of the most treacherous passes that connects the Kinnaur district in Himachal Pradesh with Harsil in Uttarakhand. 11 bodies have been recovered from the area so far. On October 20, Indian Air Force sent two ALH (Advanced Light Helicopters), after receiving a SOS call from authorities, to Harsil, a popular tourist hill station in the state.
On October 20, the rescue operation began. Three personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) onboard the ALH craft at its maximum permissible altitude of 19,500 feet in the afternoon.
Accompanied with State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel, next day, an ALH again started it’s operation and were finally able to reach two sites of rescue. Rescue team was sent at an altitude of 15,700 feet and four dead bodies were found there.
A survivor was found at an altitude of 16,800 feet, by the helicopter. Then the helicopter moved to another location for rescue operation.
On October 22, the ALH and crew members reached at a height of 16,500 feet and found one survivor and five dead bodies.
A joint patrol of Dogra scouts which includes 4 Assam and two ITBP teams on foot, are bringing two more bodies that were located. Search is still continued for the missing people.
Before being sent to the district hospital in Uttarkashi, the survivors were given first aid at Harsil. The dead bodies are handed over to local police by the rescue team.