Kolkata, May 23 UNI | 2 months ago

Mountaineer Chhanda Gayen (35) and the two sherpas who went missing in the Kanchenjunga avalanche on Tuesday evening, have been confirmed dead, a local Nepali daily, quoting the Nepal police, said.

'The Indian female mountaineer and her two support staff, who had gone missing in an avalanche they faced while returning after scaling Mt Kanchenjunga on Tuesday evening, have been confirmed dead,' the Himalayan Times online publication quoted the Taplejung police as saying.

The police said the trio died after they were struck by the avalanche in the massif of the world's third highest mountain.

The deceased are Chhanda Gayen (35) of Howrah, West Bengal, India and her two Sherpa guides -- Dawa Wangchu Sherpa (28) and Migma Temba (24) of Sankhuwasabha, it said.

The report said two other support staff have survived the fatal avalanche. An Indian national and a Nepali citizen are still said to be out of contact, the report added.

Chhanda Gayen and her guides--Temba and Dawa Wanju--after scaling Kanchenjunga last Sunday were attempting to climb Yalung Kang, a sister peak.

(Posted on 23-05-2014)