Three young French mountaineers engaged in an expedition to Nepal are missing and a rescue team has been dispatched to the site, the French Federation of Alpine and Mountain Clubs (FFCAM) ​​said in a statement on Sunday October 31.

The three men are part of the National Alpinism Excellence Group (GEAN), the mountaineering elite within the Federation. They are part of a group of young athletes who left on September 30 in the Khumbu region (Everest region), to climb several peaks between 5 and 6,000 meters above sea level located south of Ama Dablam (6,814 m ), she says.

The three missing climbers had left since October 24 for a climb to a summit near Ama Dablam and the last telephone contact with them was on October 26, according to FFCAM.

A helicopter chartered by the federation carried out a reconnaissance on Saturday and spotted “traces of ascent and debris from a large-scale avalanche in the face”. “Today, Sunday, October 31, a helicopter with a rescue team is dispatched to try to find any survivors,” added FFCAM.

The head of GEAN Stéphane Benoist told the French regional daily Dauphiné Libéré to be “in shock, devastated, like the whole group”. According to him, the group of 8 climbers had split “into two groups, five on one side and three others (…), on another ascent. There was a delay in their time of ascent, the FFCAM took the lead and had a helicopter fly over their wall “.

“They spotted traces that end. We can imagine that they were swept away by an avalanche. The helicopter spotted traces of equipment at the foot of the wall. Tomorrow, Nepalese rescuers will go there, the weather forecast is ‘Good announcement to intervene. We know it’s dangerous, but we are devastated, “he said.

According to The Himalayan Times newspaper, tents and mountaineering equipment were spotted near a glacier under Mount Ama Dablam by a rescue team early Sunday. An official from the Ministry of Tourism told the newspaper that these climbers did not require the necessary permission to embark on this climb.

“We do not yet have clear information on the number of missing persons,” the president of the Nepalese National Association of Mountain Guides, Ang Norbu Sherpa, told AFP. “We have sent a team of 5 very experienced mountain guides. They are on their way and will start the search operations tomorrow (Monday)”, he added.

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