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Trekking Tragedy in Nepal - 20 Oct 2014
German tourist Tobias Pantel is determined to leave soon on a five-day hike in the Annapurna region, the very place where dozens were killed by a freak blizzard and avalanches in Nepal's most deadly trekking disaster.

As the search for dozens still missing on the snow-covered Himalayan slopes continues and relatives around the world wait in desperation for news of their loved ones, more foreigners are preparing to hit the trail.

"It was a natural accident that could take place anywhere," said Pantel as she sat outside a Kathmandu hotel, sipping beer and smoking with her husband. "I want to go to the area because it is very beautiful. I don't think the storm will come next time."

Every year, thousands of adventure tourists like Pantel set out on treks in the spectacular heights around Annapurna, the world's tenth-highest peak. But many have little or no previous experience on mountains, and many are young backpackers who are cavalier about the risks and tend not to hire trained guides.
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October 16, 2014
Israeli trekkers Maya Ora (R) along with Yakov Megreli (C) and Linor Kajan (L), who were rescued from...
Kathmandu, Nepal
Israeli trekkers, who were rescued from an avalanche by the Nepalese army, speaks with the media while...
Israeli trekkers Maya Ora (R) along with Yakov Megreli (C) and Linor Kajan (L), who were rescued from an avalanche by the Nepalese army, speaks with the media while undergoing treatment at the Army Hospital in Kathmandu October 16, 2014. Mountain rescue teams in Nepal searched for scores of missing trekkers on Thursday after unseasonal blizzards and avalanches killed at least 20 people along the high altitude Annapurna mountain route popular with backpackers. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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October 18, 2014
Israeli survivors from the blizzard hug each other, as they get ready to board a bus to the airport to...
Kathmandu, Nepal
Israeli survivors from the blizzard hug each other, as they get ready to board a bus to the airport to...
Israeli survivors from the blizzard hug each other, as they get ready to board a bus to the airport to head back to their country in Kathmandu October 18, 2014. Nepali troops on Saturday searched rugged snow-covered Himalayan terrain in their most intensive effort to find any remaining survivors of a blizzard that killed 30 people and injured 175 in one of the country's worst mountain disasters. More than 40 people are still missing after unseasonal weather in peak trekking season unleashed avalanches on the 240-km (150-mile) route around Annapurna, the world's 10th-tallest peak, which takes enthusiasts three weeks to finish. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY SPORT TRAVEL)
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October 18, 2014
An Israeli survivor from the blizzard with a frostbitten hand sits inside a bus heading towards the airport...
Kathmandu, Nepal
An Israeli survivor from the blizzard with a frostbitten hand sits inside a bus heading towards the airport...
An Israeli survivor from the blizzard with a frostbitten hand sits inside a bus heading towards the airport to get back to his country after being discharged from the hospital in Kathmandu October 18, 2014. Nepali troops on Saturday searched rugged snow-covered Himalayan terrain in their most intensive effort to find any remaining survivors of a blizzard that killed 30 people and injured 175 in one of the country's worst mountain disasters. More than 40 people are still missing after unseasonal weather in peak trekking season unleashed avalanches on the 240-km (150-mile) route around Annapurna, the world's 10th-tallest peak, which takes enthusiasts three weeks to finish. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY SPORT TRAVEL)
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October 18, 2014
An Israeli survivor from the blizzard sits inside an ambulance heading towards the airport to get back...
Kathmandu, Nepal
An Israeli survivor from the blizzard sits inside an ambulance heading towards the airport to get back...
An Israeli survivor from the blizzard sits inside an ambulance heading towards the airport to get back to his country after being discharged from the hospital in Kathmandu October 18, 2014. Nepali troops on Saturday searched rugged snow-covered Himalayan terrain in their most intensive effort to find any remaining survivors of a blizzard that killed 30 people and injured 175 in one of the country's worst mountain disasters. More than 40 people are still missing after unseasonal weather in peak trekking season unleashed avalanches on the 240-km (150-mile) route around Annapurna, the world's 10th-tallest peak, which takes enthusiasts three weeks to finish. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY SPORT TRAVEL)
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October 17, 2014
NEPAL-HIKERS/ - Map locating where avalanches struck this week near the Annapurna route in Nepal. (SIN09)...
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NEPAL-HIKERS/ - Map locating where avalanches struck this week near the Annapurna route in Nepal. (SIN09)
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October 17, 2014
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH

The body of a victim is moved from...
Kathmandu, Nepal
The body of a victim is moved from an ambulance to the morgue after it was brought back from Annapurna...
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH

The body of a victim is moved from an ambulance to the morgue after it was brought back from Annapurna Region in Kathmandu October 17, 2014. Trekkers battling a Himalayan blizzard were left helpless after porters fainted from the cold, a survivor of one of Nepal's worst mountain disasters said on Friday, as rescue teams resumed a hunt for 10 missing hikers and the death toll reached 29. The dead included trekkers from Canada, India, Israel and Poland, as well as Nepali guides and herders, drawn by the peak hiking season only to fall victim to unexpected avalanches and blizzards brought by a cyclone in India. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)
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October 17, 2014
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH

The body of a victim is moved from...
Kathmandu, Nepal
The body of a victim is moved from an ambulance to the morgue after it was brought back from Annapurna...
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH

The body of a victim is moved from an ambulance to the morgue after it was brought back from Annapurna Region in Kathmandu October 17, 2014. Trekkers battling a Himalayan blizzard were left helpless after porters fainted from the cold, a survivor of one of Nepal's worst mountain disasters said on Friday, as rescue teams resumed a hunt for 10 missing hikers and the death toll reached 29. The dead included trekkers from Canada, India, Israel and Poland, as well as Nepali guides and herders, drawn by the peak hiking season only to fall victim to unexpected avalanches and blizzards brought by a cyclone in India. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)
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October 16, 2014
A medical personnel looks out from the window of the army hospital where the rescued victims of avalanches...
Kathmandu, Nepal
A medical personnel looks out from the window of the army hospital where the rescued victims of avalanches...
A medical personnel looks out from the window of the army hospital where the rescued victims of avalanches have been admitted to in Kathmandu October 16, 2014. Mountain rescue teams in Nepal searched for scores of missing trekkers on Thursday after unseasonal blizzards and avalanches killed at least 20 people along the high altitude Annapurna mountain route popular with backpackers. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)
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October 16, 2014
A man from a local travel agency talks to his friend on a mobile phone as he reads out names from a list...
Kathmandu, Nepal
A man from a local travel agency talks to his friend on a mobile phone near a list showing the names...
A man from a local travel agency talks to his friend on a mobile phone as he reads out names from a list showing the names of patients who were rescued from the recent avalanches and undergoing treatment at the Army hospital in Kathmandu October 16, 2014. Mountain rescue teams in Nepal searched for scores of missing trekkers on Thursday after unseasonal blizzards and avalanches killed at least 20 people along the high altitude Annapurna mountain route popular with backpackers. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)
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October 16, 2014
Manish Thapa, one of the doctors from the Nepal army who is taking care of the recent avalanche victims,...
Kathmandu, Nepal
Manish Thapa, a doctor from the Nepal army who is taking care of the recent avalanche victims, speaks...
Manish Thapa, one of the doctors from the Nepal army who is taking care of the recent avalanche victims, speaks about the condition of the victims during a news conference at the Army Hospital in Kathmandu October 16, 2014. Mountain rescue teams in Nepal searched for scores of missing trekkers on Thursday after unseasonal blizzards and avalanches killed at least 20 people along the high altitude Annapurna mountain route popular with backpackers. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT MILITARY HEALTH TRAVEL)
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October 16, 2014
Israeli trekkers Yakov Megreli (L) along with Linor Kajan (R) and Maya Ora (C), who were rescued from...
Kathmandu, Nepal
Israeli trekkers, who were rescued from an avalanche by the Nepalese army, pose for photographs at the...
Israeli trekkers Yakov Megreli (L) along with Linor Kajan (R) and Maya Ora (C), who were rescued from an avalanche by the Nepalese army, pose for photographs at the Army Hospital where they are undergoing treatment in Kathmandu October 16, 2014. Mountain rescue teams in Nepal searched for scores of missing trekkers on Thursday after unseasonal blizzards and avalanches killed at least 20 people along the high altitude Annapurna mountain route popular with backpackers. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)
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