0158 GMT January 19, 2020
The climbers — four from Britain, two from the United States, and one each from Australia and India — were reported missing by colleagues on Friday (May 31) after they failed to return to their base camp near Nanda Devi, India’s second highest mountain, Presstv Reported.
An air force helicopter spotted the five bodies on a flight over the area where they went missing, Vijay Kumar Jogdande, the top government official in the nearby Pithoragarh district.
The search mission was now working on the assumption that all eight climbers had been killed, he said, adding that the bodies were above 5,000 meters and the possibility of a second avalanche would make accessing the site difficult.
Four climbers in the group had turned back and later raised the alarm about their missing colleagues. They were evacuated from their base camp by helicopter.
Nanda Devi, at 7,816 meters, and its sister mountain, Nanda Devi East, are among the world’s most challenging peaks and only a handful of people have climbed them.