More stranded trekkers fly out of Everest region

AP News
Posted: Nov 08, 2011 8:25 AM
More stranded trekkers fly out of Everest region

Around 1,200 foreign trekkers stranded for about a week by bad weather in the Mount Everest area have been evacuated.

The weather cleared Monday at Lukla airport, allowing flights and deliveries of food to the area to resume. About 1,500 trekkers were still waiting to depart as evacuation flights continued Tuesday.

Purna Prasad Chudal, the manager of the airport in the capital, Katmandu, says planes were taking bread, eggs, noodles, fresh meat and vegetables to Lukla.

Flights at Lukla's Tenzing-Hillary Airport were grounded Oct. 31. Lukla sits at an altitude of 9,200 feet (2,800 meters), and the airport is the gateway for trekkers and mountaineers heading to Everest and surrounding mountains.