Three young French climbers are missing this Sunday morning, following an avalanche, near Mount Everest in Nepal. The expedition includes three residents of Isère, members of the National Mountaineering Excellence Group (GEAN).

Three French climbers were victims of an avalanche in the Khumbu valley, near Mount Everest in Nepal. The Himalayan Times newspaper published the information, relayed by the Dauphiné Libéré. The expedition led by the National Mountaineering Excellence Group (GEAN) includes three residents of Isère, including two from Grenoble: Pauline Champon and Anouk Félix-Faure, as well as Pierrick Giffard, inhabitant of Chassignieu.

Two Chambériens are also part of the expedition: Pierrick Fine and Louis Pachoud. The latter is one of the three missing. Gabriel Miloche is also missing. This young climber comes from Briançon in the Hautes-Alpes.

A rescue mission has been launched with a helicopter flying over the area, according to The Himalayan Times. They are the “best French”, according to Nicolas Raynaud, president of the French Federation of Alpine and Mountain Clubs. The GEAN is indeed a benchmark in the mountaineering world.

The group flew earlier this month, Friday October 1, and for five weeks in Nepal to tackle several climbs, still pristine north faces, with several peaks between 5 and 6,000 meters above sea level.

Sunday, October 24, they begin the ascent of the west face of the Mingbo Eiger summit of 6,017 meters above sea level. The French federation of alpine and mountain clubs insists in a press release published this Sunday morning on the precautions taken by mountaineers.

They scouted through binoculars to assess the weather conditions, which they deemed good, and set off on the climb. “When we are on this kind of climb, we know very well that there is a part of the hazard, adds Nicolas Raynaud. But these are people that we train, who are technically armed, on the one hand and on the other hand to make the right decisions at the right time. “

The climbers were prepared and took the necessary precautions, for Nicolas Raynaud, president of the FFCAM

Their last contact with the federation dates from Tuesday evening the 26th: their first day went smoothly. This Saturday, October 30, the federation sends a helicopter on a reconnaissance mission which identifies the traces of an avalanche in the face. Another helicopter with a rescue team is sent this Sunday to try to find the climbers.

Grenoblois Nicolas Raynaud provides support to families. “For us, what matters is to be alongside the climbers and mountain dwellers, he explains. This kind of accident concerns our entire community. We are alongside the relatives of the missing, to try to cope collectively, as the middle of the mountain knows how to do and always has done. “

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