The administration in Kinnor district of Himachal Pradesh has banned trekking and mountaineering activities on all trekking through the district following several deaths in the hills after landslides and snowfall devastated the state last week.
Three more hikers died on Monday after heavy snow fell in the area and 10 rescued, the Indo-Tibetan border police said, adding that the rescue operation was still underway.
On Saturday, ITBP personnel retrieved two bodies of the 11-member trekking team who went missing on their way to Chitkul via Harsel in Uttarkashi district from near the Himachal Pradesh border.
Mayor Dikshit, District Judge of Uttarkashi, said the bodies found near Lamkhaja Pass are being taken to Sangla where they will be taken to Uttarkashi. He said the bodies were spotted on Friday but could be recovered as rescue operations resume on Saturday.
They have been identified as Abendra Singh, 37, from Purola, Uttarkashi, and Richard Mandal, 30, from Kolkata, Devendra Patwal, a district disaster management official, said.
The bodies of five hikers were taken down on Friday. Two are still missing while two team members are undergoing treatment in Harsel and Uttarkashi.
Dubai Municipality said the search for the missing hikers was halted due to bad weather at an altitude of 12,000 feet, adding that it will resume as soon as weather permits.
Patwal added that the missing have been identified as Gyan Chand from Purola, 33, and Kolkata resident Sukin Manji, 43. Meanwhile, aerial searches continued on Saturday for five hikers feared dead in the Sundardunga glacier in Bageshwar district.
Five out of the 11 missing on an expedition in Uttarakhand, a senior official said, were found dead in Kinner district on Thursday. While four hikers are still missing, two have been rescued, said Abid Hussain Sadiq, deputy commissioner of Knorr.
He said the team of hikers left Harshel in Uttarakhand adjacent to Uttarakhand in Chitkul district in Kinnor district on October 11, but went missing from October 17 to 19 in Lamkhakh pass in inclement weather.
The Lamkhaga Pass is one of the toughest passes that connects the Kinnaur district with Harshil.