At least 10 mountaineers were killed in an avalanche at Mount Draupadi Ka Danda-II peak in Uttarkashi district under the Indian state of Uttarakhand, local media reported quoting officials on Tuesday.
A team of 34 trainee mountaineers and seven instructors from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) was caught in an avalanche while returning, according to Principal Colonel of NIM Amit Bisht.
"Ten bodies were sighted, of which four have been recovered," he revealed.
Uttarkashi Disaster Management Officer Devendra Patwal added that eight amongst trapped were rescued by their team members so far.
The National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and a team of mountaineers from the NIM have launched rescue operations, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami tweeted.
The chief minister also spoke to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh over phone and asked for help of the army in expediting rescue operations.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh said he was "deeply anguished by the loss of precious lives due to the landslide" and spoke to Dhami and took stock of the situation.