Eight Climbers Missing near Nanda Devi East

Climbing Mountain
Nanda Devi East. Photo: Martin Moran

Eight climbers led by experienced British Mountain Guide Martin Moran have gone missing near Nanda Devi East. It is believed that they may have been caught in an avalanche. The potential victims include four Britons, two Americans, an Australian woman and an Indian guide.

The group was targeting Nanda Devi East (7,434m) and a nearby unclimbed 6,000m peak. The last update (May 22) on Moran’s company page read: “The Nanda Devi team has reached their second base camp at 4,870m, their home for the next week. After a recce of the route, they will be making a summit attempt on an unclimbed peak at 6,477m.”

They were due back at Base Camp yesterday but failed to appear. A local disaster response and medical team has been sent to search for the missing climbers.

Martin Moran is one of Britain’s most experienced and respected mountain guides. His company has run over 40 exploratory treks and climbs across the Indian ranges. Photo: Martin Moran

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Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash Routen is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK specialising in adventurous travel and expeditions, such as mountaineering, polar travel, and ocean crossings. Ash juggles a day job as a public health scientist with this second career in outdoor writing.

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Alongside writing, Ash also spends some time undertaking his own adventures, and completed a 640 km foot crossing of a frozen Lake Baikal in 2018. His next arctic journey is a 700 km trek along the coast of Baffin Island in Canada.

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