Avalanche kills one in Nepal’s Manang, Dutch trekker reported missing

An avalanche in the Manang of Nepal on Friday has claimed the life of a Nepali trekking guide. A Dutch trekker has also been reported missing after the calamity struck.

A senior Manang district police officer told the media that the two individuals were trekking in the Annapurna region when the avalanche descended. The names of the deceased guide and the missing trekker were not disclosed.

Known for its view of lofty Himalayan peaks, Manang attracts trekkers and mountaineers keen to explore the region. It is placed at an altitude of 3,519 meters above sea level on the Annapurna trekking circuit.

The district experiences heavy snowfall during the winters which has often turned out to be fatal for trekking enthusiasts. This year too, Manang received heavy rainfall and snow in February which had disrupted transportation and communication, it was reported.

Local residents described the snow to have “continuously battered” Upper Manang and Taki Manang among other places in February. In October 2014, another avalanche in Manang had claimed the lives of more than 40 trekkers – most of them of foreign origin. The incident took place in Manang and Thorong La – a popular pass on the trekking route.

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