“Freak” Nepal blizzards and avalanches kill at least 29, including hikers, yak herders and guides

Many more people still believed trapped in snow in the Himalayas in central Nepal, officials say.

Trekkers were trapped in “freak”  heavy snowfall as they returned from the Thorung La mountain pass on the Annapurna Circuit, in Mustang district.

Meanwhile five more climbers are presumed dead after an avalanche in nearby Manang district.

Rescue officials said the death toll could rise as dozens of other foreigners and locals who had been trekking were out of contact and could have been caught in blizzards.

Authorities are still trying to make contact with at least 100 other hikers who were thought to be in the area.

Of those killed in the Annapurna region, only four bodies have so far been recovered, of two Poles, an Israeli and a Nepali.

“There has been heavy snowfall in the area, up to three feet (91 cm),” police official Ganesh Rai said.

BBC South Asia Editor Charles Haviland says it is one the deadliest spells of bad weather ever seen in the region.

Thousands of trekkers visit the region at this time of year when weather conditions are usually favourable for hiking trips.

Nepal’s tourism industry is still recovering from the aftershocks of an ice avalanche that struck the lower reaches of Mount Everest in April, killing 16 sherpa guides in the worst disaster in the history of the world’s highest peak.

More than a tenth of the nearly 800,000 tourists who visited Nepal in 2013 went hiking or mountain climbing, providing a key revenue stream for the aid-dependent nation.






Thanks to Dean Koehler, Ben Vorlich and Argiris Diamantis for these links

9 thoughts on ““Freak” Nepal blizzards and avalanches kill at least 29, including hikers, yak herders and guides”

  1. It snows the high mountains. There is nothing “freak” about this. Those who ignore the obvious are as serious risk of their own lives. DUH. Stupid is often fatal.

  2. How can a snowstorm in such a high mountain range be called, “freakish”? Sometimes I think headlines like that are just as bad as the ones touting global warming or climate change if you will.

    • thats what they are implying..without , yet, (just wait they will) sating its warming what dun it..
      as usual

  3. There was a typhoon that hit India and all the moisture slammed into the Hymalaya’s. I guess heavy snow was the result.

  4. This “Freak” snow is from a recent tropical cyclone that battered India a few days ago, Nasa even has a picture of the dissipating cloud cover as it rains /snows out over Nepal and China. You may find that the steering currents for this cyclone was a blocking high parked over Bangladesh. In much the same way that Atlantic Hurricanes are steered though the Caribbean, then northward over the Gulf of Mexico and into the westerly’s over the American east coast/seaboard. The Indian monsoon is not the only weather pattern to dump large volumes of snow on to the Himalayas and expand the Glaciers in that region

  5. Typical MSM garbage..garbage in = garbage out..like the climate ‘models’. Of course it snows in high mountains having climbed for many years..not having the right gear is fatal..idiots.

  6. Those freak blizzards are increasing in frequency and severity as we head for a colder climate. These “freak” snowstorms and blizzards will become the norm every year across both hemispheres as we head for the next ice age.

    Hey Nepal, how’s that fake global warming working for ya????

    • With the Indian subcontinent relying on glacial melt for a large proportion of its fresh water; the replenishment of the Himalayan Glaciers has started to happen just in time.
      It is very unfortunate with the high loss of life of both Nepalese and tourist walkers, that many of the high altitude walkers and their guides did not hear the Nepalese advice regarding bad weather. Equally, many may have been ill advised to seek shelter further down hill, instead of sitting tight within a shelter until the worst has passed.
      Mid October may now be too late in the season to attempt treks above 5000 meters in this region. Bad weather like this will occur again, but much earlier in the season and more frequently as the solar minimum advances towards the start of SC25.

Comments are closed.