A helicopter search group discovered a backpack on an untitled peak in the Himalayas where eight climbers disappeared last week.
The mountaineers were a group of 12 in total who started their journey on the 13th of May.
Six days in, the group arrived at Nanda Devi East base camp.
Each individual of the group had the necessary permits to summit the mountain, but they split off into two teams when they reached second base camp on the 22nd of May.
Vijay Kumar Jogdande, the District Magistrate of the Indian state, Uttarakhand, says the climbers probably got stuck in an avalanche and they have a low chance of surviving.
State officials said that there were indications of an avalanche on the peak the climbers were presumed to be on.
A helicopter scoured the area on Monday when they found the backpack at around 5,000 meters.
Jogdande says that severe weather conditions prevented prior search attempts.
The team was trying to climb the unconquered, nameless peak with an estimated height of 6,477 meters.
Four British, two American, an Australian, and their Indian liaison officer were the eight climbers who went missing in the area of the Nanda Devi East mountain – among the highest peaks in India (7,400 meters).
Team leader identified
One of the missing climbers, Martin Moran, was identified as the team’s leader by the British Association of Mountain Guides.
President of the BMG association, Mark Charlton stated, “The BMG is assisting where possible and is in contact with the Indian authorities.”
Moran is the owner of the mountaineering company, Moran Mountain, which facilitates climbing trips in the Himalayas, Norway, and the Alps.
The Moran family made a statement saying, “As a family, we share the same emotions that all next of kin are experiencing in not knowing the whereabouts or well-being of those closest to us”.