Miracle on Annapurna: Indian Climber Found Alive Inside Crevasse After Three Days

Against all odds, rescuers found Anurag Maloo alive this morning. The Indian climber had spent an astonishing three days inside a crevasse below Camp 3 on Annapurna. A helicopter airlifted Maloo from the mountain in a critical condition.

The rescue itself was remarkable. According to Prateek Gupta of the ASC360 insurance company, a small team approached one of the most dangerous spots on the mountain in increasingly bad weather. This serac area at 5,600-6000m is constantly swept by avalanches. There, they evacuated Maloo from some 100-300 meters (reports vary) inside a huge crevasse.

Annapurna's section between C3 and C1, heavily crevassed and with seracs, in a sunny day.

The area where the crevasse fall took place. Photo: Courtesy of ASC360

Adam Bielecki to the rescue again

Details remain limited but preliminary reports suggest that the rescue team included nine Sherpa climbers and experienced Polish climbers Adam Bielecki and Mariusz Hatala, who were in the area attempting to open a new route on Annapurna NW Face.

According to Gupta, who was in radio contact with the rescuers, three Nepalis and one Polish climber descended into the crevasse and found Maloo showing some sign of life. The rest of the Sherpa team then followed, extracting the stricken climber with them.

Helicopters had to operate at their limit due to bad weather. Flying to Kathmandu was not an option, so they initially airlifted Maloo to Manipal Hospital in Pohkara, before  transferring him to Medicity Hospital in Kathmandu.

Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides graduated university in journalism and specializes in high-altitude mountaineering and expedition news. She has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

Prior to that, Angela Benavides spent time at/worked at a number of local and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporations, press manager and communication executive, and a published author.