More than 300 stranded Indian pilgrims airlifted to Nepalgunj

Posted on by Biju Shrestha

370 Indian Pilgrims who were stranded at Humla after returning from Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet were airlifted to Nepalgunj on July 5th. The pilgrims had been waiting for flights at Hilsa, border between Nepal and China and at Simikot, district headquarter of Humla due to adverse weather in the area.

202 pilgrims were airlifted from Hilsa to Simikot on Wednesday and around 277 stranded in Simikot were airlifted to Nepalgunj and Surkhet later that day.

56 flights from 2 MI-17 helicopter of Nepal army and Shree airlines and other regular service from Hilsa to Simikot and 27 flights from Simikot to Nepalgunj on Thursday airlifted the passengers to their destination.

Hundreds of pilgrims were stranded at kailash Mansarovar situated at 5950 meters above sea level since Saturday due to bad weather and altitude sickness was major concern to stranded passenger. 8 pilgrims have already died due to altitude related problems this year.

Read Also:

Stranded Indian pilgrims airlifted after improvement in weather

About the Author

An Aviation Enthusiast