Two non-local mountaineers were injured on Monday when they were hit by a small rock while descending from Kolahoi glacier in Pahalgam area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
A 5 member non-local team who were assisted by three local mountaineers started their expedition to Kolahoi peak on 8 September 2020 and were descending when the incident happened.
The expedition had been approved and permitted by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) - an apex national body which organises and supports mountaineering and rock climbing expeditions at high altitudes in the Himalayas.
As per the reports, two non-local mountaineers, one male and another female member received minor injuries during the rockfall. Both of them are safe.
The woman mountaineer has received minor bruises and another male mountaineer suffered an arm injury. The group is expected to return back to Pahalgam on September 17.
The mountaineers couldn’t take any help from the administration or defence for chopper rescue which, according to sources, would have been charged.
One of the Srinagar based mountaineers said Kashmir is a paradise for adventurers. However, the government has not kept any arrangements for any rescue operations.
“Rescue services are the most important part of any expedition but we lack such facilities from the government side. The rescue operations are very costly as it involves taking flying choppers. If the government is serious about promoting adventure tourism in Kashmir, it has to facilitate rescue services also.”