Dutch, Nepali nationals killed in avalanche in central Nepal

KATHMANDU (Xinhua) – A Dutch national and another local Nepali guide were killed during their trekking after an avalanche in Manang district of central Nepal, local authorities said yesterday.

Police inspector Shrawan Kumar BK told Xinhua that the deceased have been identified as Vincend Jan Bloen from the Netherlands and Ajaya Dhakal from Dhading district of Nepal.

“We have recovered the dead bodies from the site. Now, we are preparing to airlift the dead bodies to Kathmandu,” he said.

The incident occurred when the duo were trekking in Manang town, which is at an altitude of 3,519 metres, on their way to the Annapurna Circuit, one of the popular trekking routes in Nepal.

Avalanches are often deadly to trekking enthusiasts in the Himalayan country.