In Nepal, the search operations of the three French climbers interrupted for 3 to 4 days

The three young French climbers, missing in Nepal since October 26 after an avalanche in the Everest region, have not been found. This Wednesday, November 3, searches were suspended for three or four days, rescuers announced.

What we know about the disappearance of three French mountaineers in Nepal

“I carried out an aerial search this morning, but found nothing. As we were unable to make any progress in the search for the missing climbers, we decided to stop the search operations for three or four days ”Ang Norbu Sherpa, president of the National Association of Mountain Guides of Nepal and a member of the search and rescue operation, told AFP.

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Last contact on October 26

In their twenties, Louis Pachoud, Gabriel Miloche and Thomas Arfi had undertaken the ascent of the west face of Mingbo Eiger (6,070 meters above sea level). Members of the National Alpinism Excellence Group (GEAN), an elite formation of the French Federation of Alpine and Mountain Clubs (FFCAM), they were part of a team that arrived at the end of September, in the Khumbu and Everest region, with the aim of climbing various summits culminating at some 5,000 and 6,000 m, south of Ama Dablam (6,814 m).

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“The hope of finding survivors is now almost nil”, FFCAM said on Monday, while the search was taking place near the summit of Mingbo Eiger. The last telephone contact with them from their bivouac dates back to October 26, according to the federation.

On Monday, Pratap Jung Pandey, general manager of Kailash Helicopter Service said that “Something like a bag or a black object has been spotted on the side of the mountain”.

Avalanche at 5,900 m

“The reconnaissance by helicopter dispatched by the FFCAM on Sunday 31 October in the morning as well as the overflight of their track on Monday 1er November made it possible to locate their tracks up to 5,900 meters on the ridge that leads to the summit. At this altitude, the rescuers were able to observe the outbreak of an avalanche “, added the FFCAM.

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These same traces show that they have “Gave up going to the top, turned around and started their descent by their ascent route”. The rescuers found three bags, as well as the equipment of the bivouac.

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