Three Taiwanese mountaineers survive Annapurna avalanche

Four South Koreans and two Nepali guides still missing

The Annapurna massif (photo by Tsewang Lama). 

The Annapurna massif (photo by Tsewang Lama).  (Wikimedia Commons photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Three Taiwanese mountaineers were thought to have survived an avalanche in the Himalayas’ Annapurna massif while four South Koreans and their two Nepali guides were still missing, reports said Saturday (Jan. 18).

The conclusion that the Taiwanese had escaped the disaster unscathed was based on the fact that the three and two Chinese citizens were not featured on the official list of missing people, cable station TVBS reported.

Taiwan's representative office in India later contacted local sources and heard that the Taiwanese trekkers were indeed safe, the Liberty Times reported. Helicopters were being used to ferry 87 visitors out of the area.

A group of 11 South Korean teachers had been on their way to the Annapurna Base Camp when heavy snowfall triggered an avalanche, the Himalaya Times reported. A police team had ventured out to assist the rescue operation.

No details were known so far about the identity of the Taiwanese trekkers and about their condition.