Thursday, November 17, 2011

Over 1,000 tourists again stranded in Everest region

Tourists returning to Kathmandu from Solukhumbu district have been stranded after cancellation of flights from Tenzing Hillary Airport and Faplu of Khumbu area of the district on Wednesday due to unfavorable weather condition, RSS reports.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, Lukla and Faplu offices, as many as 930 tourists are stranded in Lukla and more than 70 in Faplu as they could not return to Kathmandu due to adverse weather.

Office of the Civil Aviation Authority, Lukla, informed that some private airlines companies including Fishtail, Dynasty, Mountain and Simrik have rescued stranded tourists from Tenzing Hillary Airport, Lukla, and Surke.

Chief of the Office, Utsav Kharel told RSS rain and snowfall at Lukla from this morning have made problems to helicopters that have been deployed for rescue of tourists.

Local Surya Thulung said normal life in Lukla is being chaotic day by day and price of goods have also increased following the disruption of air services.

Some of the tourists have gone to Jiri of Dolakha from Lukla today on foot after seeing no improvement in the weather, informed trekking entrepreneur Lapsang Sherpa.

Similarly, tourists, who have been stranded at Faplu following bad weather, have now been waiting for helicopter.

Proprietor of Tip and Top Trekking, Nima Sherpa said although a helicopter has been called in, no helicopter could make flights following the unfavorable weather.

Office of Civil Aviation Authority, Lukla and Faplu, informed that the weather in Solukhumbu is likely to be as it is for about three days.

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