ITBP launches search ops for eight missing trekkers in Kullu. (Photo courtesy: ANI)
ITBP launches search ops for eight missing trekkers in Kullu. (Photo courtesy: ANI)

The eight trekkers who went missing for over 50 hours in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district have been located near Chandrakhani area on Sunday, search and rescue officials reported.

News agencies reported quoting Kully deputy commissioner Hans Raj Chauhan reported that they have been found during an aerial survey in the area.

The eight engineering students went missing in bad weather in Parvati Valley near Chandrakhani Pass in Kullu district more than fifty hours ago while on a trekking trip.

Earlier on Sunday, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police formed five teams of 50 personnel for the search and rescue of the missing trekkers.

The teams were launched from three directions of Patnikhal to Chandrakani, Bijli Mahadev to Chandrakani and Malana village to Chandrakani, a spokesman for the Indo-Tibetan Border Police in New Delhi said, adding inclement weather was hampering search and rescue efforts.

Seven students of Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET), in Longowal, Punjab, along with a former student of the same institute had left from Nagger on Thursday on a trekking trip.

The missing students were identified as Hitendra Sharma from Theog, Chetan Chori and Saurav Sharma from Ambala, Ankush Kumar from Gurdaspur, Rohit Kumar from Bhagpat district in Uttar Pradesh, Anil Kumar from Hamirpur, Akshay Kumar Bura from Chamba and Bharat Prakash from Kullu district.

(With agencies input)