No Injuries Reported After India Mountaineering Course Struck by Avalanche

UPDATED April 22, 2023

Lander, Wyo. — UPDATED April 22, 2023, Initially Released April 21, 2023 — At approximately 9:30 p.m. local time on April 20, 2023, a NOLS India Mountaineering course was struck by an avalanche while camped at an established location at 14,000 feet in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas. While no one was injured, the group’s tents and equipment were covered by avalanche debris.

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