Chadar Trek: Missing trekkers rescued, operation underway

Divisional Commissioner, Saugat Biswas and DC S.K. Vaishya enquiring about health of a rescued trekker at Army General Hospital in Leh on Tuesday.

LEH: The Administration of UT of Ladakh successfully rescued 27 stranded trekkers today by pushing into operation Air Force and Army helicopters.
About 50 trekkers, 40 porters and guides went missing on the Chadar Trek between Tibb and Neyraks camps on the 11th January. The trekkers could not reach the base camps during the trek as their movement stopped due to melting of the ice sheet over the Zanskar River over which the Chadar trek is conducted.
The trekkers had gone missing on 11th January. On receiving information the Administration made all out efforts of search on foot by the SDRF and special rescue teams of Air Force and Army choppers. The SDRF and rescue teams deployed for the job located the trekkers on 12th January and stationed them safely in the camp established at Neyraks village. All facilities for their safety at the Neyraks Camp were ensured by the district administration.
Rescue choppers of the Air Force and Army specially deployed for the purpose evacuated twenty-seven trekkers from the Neyraks camp today. The trekkers were given medical attention at SNM Hospital, Leh and Army General Hospital. The air operations could not be taken up on 12th and 13th January due to severe inclement weather. The remaining trekkers will be air lifted tomorrow a senior official informed.
Divisional Commissioner, Ladakh, Saugat Biswas and DC Leh Sachin Kumar Vaishya visited the trekkers under treatment in the hospitals and took steps for their quick recovery and ensured coordination with their families.