Himalayan climbers’ last moments before they were swept away in avalanche

These are the final moments of a team of Himalayan climbers before they were swept away in a Himalayan avalanche.

Footage released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police shows the group – four Britons, two Americans, an Australian and an Indian guide – making their way up an unnamed peak in sunny weather .

The group can be seen roped together as they take the perilous steps up the steep peak.

They had been attempting to climb India's second highest peak Nanda Devi when they lost contact on May 26.

Seven bodies were recovered in June but British team leader Martin Moran is still missing.

APS Nambadia, the border police inspector general who planned the operation to retrieve the bodies, said: "It was mesmerising for us to see the footage.

"Suddenly we noticed a loud noise. The video went blank and stopped.

"It will help us to analyse what went wrong with their mission. The GoPro has proved to be like the black box of an aircraft giving an insight into the last few moments of the climbers."

Vivek Kumar Pandey, a spokesman for the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, said the group's weight could have caused a snow ledge they were on to give way, 'triggering an avalanche'.

The group began their ascent on May 13, led by experienced British mountain guide Martin Moran whose Scotland-based company, Moran Mountain, has run countless expeditions in the Indian Himalayans.

The group last communicated on May 26, a day before heavy snow fell in the region, according to media reports.

On June 3, a military helicopter spotted the bodies and climbing equipment in the snow but they failed to airlift the bodies due to fierce winds and the difficult terrain.

The ITBP then sent its expert climbers on foot to bring the bodies down. 

Nambadia said the exhausted rescue team almost cracked emotionally when they found the climbers' belongings, which included a toy penguin.

"They were emotionally charged when they found the baby penguin. It was symbolic of the emotions of a mountaineer and my team could relate to it," he said.

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