6 days after reported to be missing in snow-hit weather at Lahaul-Spiti, all 300 trekkers including 35 IIT Roorkee students have been traced in Sissu village and are safe, as stated by the Himachal Pradesh government.
Heavy snowfall and bad weather led to complete blockage of the tourist-ridden Rohtang Pass and inner roads in the area since last week. A total of 300 people, including a group of 35 IIT Roorkee students and 10 other students were last seen on September 19th near Manali and since then, there was no trace of the entire group. The group had visited Chandertal Lake on Saturday and bad weather hit the region while they were on their way back and no communication was made since then.
Six days since being declared to be missing due to bad weather and heavy snowfall in the entire Spiti region, the Himachal Pradesh government has finally traced down all the trekkers in Sissu village near Manali and are reportedly safe. Also, two German nationals struck in the blizzard have been rescued by the Indian Air Force on Tuesday. All the stranded people are currently sheltered and provided food by the district administration, and will be moved to safer places as soon as the weather and road blockage clears up.
Meanwhile, two IAF helicopters are still working on rescuing other stranded trekkers and search operations to find nine researchers from Kolkata who have been stranded near the 5480-meter high Gangstang Glacier. As the Border Road Organisation (BRO) has cleared the 6 kilometre road between Keylong and Stingri, operation to rescue locals and tourist stranded at Koksar, clearance of the Rohtang Tunnel and snow clearing operation in Sissu has been kick-started to rescue weather-hit tourists as soon as possible.