Just when you think technology has surpassed nature, there are occurrences that make us believe into the super power of nature. What a group of students from Punjab's Sant Longonwal Institute of Engineering and Technology thought would be a fun-filled trek turned out to be a near-death experience; reason the extreme weather conditions and snowfall in Himachal Pradesh.
Reportedly, seven final year students along with their trekking instructor were lost and went missing in Kullu district since Friday, 11th March from Chandrakhani Pass area. The students were on an expedition of Naggar valley of Manali to Kullu via Malana.
The local authorities were trying to establish a contact and as a result of vigorous rescue operation, 6 of the 8 trekkers were found, nearly after 70 hours of disappearance. The rescue operations were halted due the bad weather.
On 14th of March, the missing two of the group were airlifted and successfully rescued.
The students were stuck at the pass due to extreme snowfall and took the shelter in a cave. Joint efforts of Army and the ITBP ensured the safe return of the students and a sigh of relief from their parents.
Such incidences have increased in past few years and it is probably nature's way of telling humans to slow down!