Nine trekkers from Delhi, stranded in remote Bara Bhangal area of Kangra district, could not be rescued today as inclement weather did not allow helicopter sorties.
A chopper was sent to the area in the morning but it could not land due to strong winds and bad weather and returned, Deputy Commissioner of Kangra Ritesh Chauhan said.
“More sorties were not possible as wind velocity was much more in the afternoon and attempts would be made to rescue the trekkers tomorrow,” he said.
The trekkers, who had gone missing in the high hills, were tracked through satellite phone yesterday and shifted to rest house in Bara Bhangal but could not be airlifted as the chopper could not land due to bad weather.
“The trekkers are stranded for past two days and we would make fresh bid tomorrow to airlift them, subject to weather conditions,” Chauhan said.
The DC said that all the trekkers are safe and he had spoken to them through satellite phone.
Located at an altitude of 2,800 metres in Dhauladhar mountain ranges, Bara Bhangal is one of the favourite places for foreign and Indian trekkers.
The standard trekkers had reached Bara Bhangal through Manali-Bara Bhangal route.