Australian woman is among eight climbers missing in India’s Himalayas

Australian woman is among eight climbers missing in India’s Himalayas after massive avalanche

  • An Australian woman is among eight climbers missing after a massive avalanche
  • Ruth McCance and her expedition failed to return to base camp on Sunday 
  • The Sydney woman was climbing Nanda Devi, second highest mountain in India
  • DFAT confirmed they are providing consular assistance to family of an Australian

An Australian woman is among eight trekkers missing after a massive avalanche in India’s Himalayas. 

Ruth McCance, from Sydney, and seven other climbers failed to return to base camp at Nanda Devi, the second highest mountain in India, on Sunday. 

Ms McCance’s group includes three men from the UK, two American men and an Indian guide. 

A search was launched when the group did not return to the base and local mountaineers found their empty tents at a higher camp. 

Ruth McCance, from Sydney, and seven other climbers failed to return to base camp at Nanda Devi, the second highest mountain in India, on Sunday

The group, which is led by experienced UK-based climber Martin Moran, last shared updates to social media on May 22. ‘The Nanda Devi team has reached their second base camp at 4870m, their home for the next week,’ the update said

Amid the search, the mountaineers reported an avalanche at the expedition’s proposed route.

A spokesperson from The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told Daily Mail Australia they are talking to the family of an Australian.

‘The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian that may be among a group of trekkers missing in the Nanda Devi area of India.’ 

‘Due to privacy obligations, we are unable to provide further information.’ 

The group, which is led by experienced UK-based climber Martin Moran, last shared updates to social media on May 22.

‘The Nanda Devi team has reached their second base camp at 4870m, their home for the next week,’ the update said.

Ms McCance’s group includes three men from the UK, two American men and an Indian guide

A spokesperson from The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told Daily Mail Australia they are in communication with the family of an Australian

‘After a recce of the route they will be making a summit attempt on an unclimbed peak at 6477m.’ 

Ms McCance had previously gone on climbs in India’s Ladakh region. 

Reports of the missing group come amid a horror climbing season where nine climbers have died on other 26,000 ft Himalayan peaks.

At Mount Everest, where queuing chaos has been blamed for fatalities, 11 climbers lost their lives in 13 days.  

An Australian climber, who is now recovering in a Nepalese hospital, was rescued after he collapsed while climbing Everest. 

Gilian Lee, a Canberra public servant, was 7500m up Everest when he suddenly collapsed and fell unconscious after complaining about chest pains. 

Photos shared online show traffic chaos on the mountain as trekkers are forced to line up to climb the summit.  

At Mount Everest, where queuing chaos has been blamed for fatalities, 11 climbers lost their lives 13 days. Pictured: Climbers queue to stand on the summit of Everest on May 22

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