Kolkata, May 22 UNI | 2 months ago

Everest winner Chhanda Gayen and two other fellow climbers remained missing on the Himalayas for the third day today as inclement weather in Nepal hampered the search operation.

West Bengal Youth Welfare Minister Arup Biswas said a three-member team had left for Nepal to assist the rescue operation.

"The Nepal government engaged a helicopter to search the missing mountaineers. But the rescue operation has been hampered due to inclement weather," he said.

Gayen, the first civilian women from West Bengal to climb to the summit of Mount Everest, went missing on May 20 after being caught in an avalanche.

She had annexed the 8,585-metre high Kanchenjunga Main, the third tallest peak on May 18 along with three other city climbers Tusi Das, Dipankar Ghosh and Rajib Bhattacharjee.

Tusi, Rajiv and Dipankar decided to return to Base camp after the summit while, Chhanda along with two sherpas Dawa Wangchu and Mingma Temba went on to climb the nearby Yalung Kang, also known as Kanchenjuga West.

(Posted on 23-05-2014)