Nepal's government says it is winding down its rescue operations around the popular Himalayan trekking route that was hit by a blizzard last week, killing 40, and leaving many unaccounted for. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
More bodies arrive in Katmandu. Yet more victims of a storm that killed at least 40 people in Nepal. Nearly 600 people have been rescued The incident was Nepal's second major mountain disaster this year, after 16 guides died in an avalanche in April on Mount Everest. Survivors say many perished trying to descend in freezing whiteout conditions. Nevertheless Nepal's trekking industry, is back open for business. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF THE TREKKING AGENCIES ASSOCIATION OF NEPAL, KESHAV PANDEY SAYING: "I don't think people will really stop trekking or people will say, 'Ok, well I don't go any more,' because I still have already, we are issuing already permits, people wanted to go around Annapurna base camp or any other trekking. They are smoothly going everyday." Every year, thousands of tourists set out on treks in Nepal. Some are not deterred by the latest tragedy. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AN ISRAELI TOURIST PLANNING TO GO TREKKING DESPITE THE RECENT ACCIDENT, AVI (NO SURNAME GIVEN) SAYING: "People are still attracted to trekking in Nepal. Accidents like this can happen anywhere and any time. It's just very unfortunate but I don't think it will affect the trekking much." The government says the rescue operations are now winding down. Many are still unaccounted for.