Under Section 34 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the Kangra District Magistrate banned trekking in all mountain passes above 3,000 metres in September.
Officials said the bodies of two trekkers who went missing while trekking in the Dhauladhar mountain range were discovered under a hill on Monday.
Dharamshala SDM Shilpi Beakta said Harsimranpreet Singh of Gurdwara Road and Naveen Kumar of Dari, Dharamshala, went trekking on Monday.
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When their families didn’t hear from them for a few days, they alerted the police, who launched a search and rescue operation to find the trekkers, she said.
Both trekkers left on November 29 for Thatharna, a small hill overlooking Dharamsala town, and camped there for the night, according to Superintendent of Police Khushal Chand Sharma.
According to him, some locals who had met them told him that they were planning to cross the 4,450-meter high Kundli Pass.
According to police, the two had made the last call to a friend, asking for trekking directions to Chamba.
Following the family’s complaint, officials said a search and rescue operation was launched to find the two hikers.
The operation included the use of an Air Force helicopter. They also claimed that police and the general public cooperated.
According to police, the bodies were discovered under a hill on Monday, and a post-mortem will be performed on Tuesday, after which they will be handed over to family members for final rites.
The two are believed to have died while slipping down a hill, according to the police, who added that an investigation is ongoing.
In September, Kangra District Magistrate Nipun Jindal issued an order under Section 34 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, prohibiting trekking in all mountain passes above 3,000 metres until further orders.