November 21, Jomsom: Helicopters rescue 17 tourist guides, including 8 foreigners, stranded at Dhaulagiri base camp on Sunday morning due to heavy snowfall and inclement weather. According to the District Police Office, Mustang, all of them were rescued by helicopter.
According to District Police Office Information Officer Inspector Pratap Poudel, 4 Belgian nationals, 4 Spanish nationals, and 17 Nepali guides have been rescued from the Dhaulagiri base camp. They were rescued from the hidden valley of the Dhaulagiri base camp to Jomsom.
Four Belgian tourists, including two men and two women, and two Spanish men tourists arrived there through a travel agency. Another two Spanish tourists arrived at the base camp without any guide.
According to the trekking guide they were stranded at the hidden valley of Dhaulagiri base camp due to heavy snowfall.
According to mountain guide Sherpa, a group of four Belgian tourists left Kathmandu on November 8, and another group of two Spanish left Kathmandu on November 11 for the purpose of trekking to Dhaulagiri. He said that the snow started falling when they reached hidden Valley while passing French pass.
The plan was to reach Mustang via the French Pass, Thapa Pass, Batase Danda in the Dhaulagiri area, said Sherpa, a guide.