An Australian woman is missing on one of India's highest peaks with experts fearing she and seven other members of an global expedition may have been killed in an avalanche.
It's understood as well as the missing Britons, there are two men from the United States, an Australian woman and an Indian guide.
"We always have hope, but to be practical, we have to be prepared for bad news", Indian Mountaineering Foundation spokesman Amid Chowdhury told the Australian Associated Press on Saturday. "After a recce of the route they will be making a summit attempt on an unclimbed peak at 6,477 metres".
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The team, which included four people from the United Kingdom, started to climb the 7,816-metre Nanda Devi East peak in the Himalayas on 13 May.
But teams are expected to take up to three days to reach the campsite.
An experienced amateur climber who had been on mountain expeditions in India's Ladakh region previously, Ms McCance was attempting to climb India's second-highest peak Nanda Devi as part of an expedition group led by renowned UK-based mountain guide Martin Moran. "I would expect at least three more tents to have been there".
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After the district administration was informed about the team on Friday night, authorities sent a search party to look for the missing mountaineers.
When they didn't return to the base camp as planned, a search and rescue team was sent to try to find them.
A SDRF team also left Dehradun in a helicopter on Saturday morning to conduct an aerial survey of the area but inclement weather hampered the operation, Mr. Jogdande said.
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The trekkers are reported to be among an eight-strong team making their way to the summit of Nanda Devi, the second highest peak in India.