Chennai tourist dies during Dzongri – Goechela Trekking in West Sikkim
28 Oct, Gangtok : A middle aged 32 years old man Aravindhan Gopalan of Chennai dies on 26 Oct night at Phedang during Dzongri Goechela Trek in West Sikkim which was reportedly organised by Bangalore based travel company Indiahike. 16 participants were in said contingent including deceased in trekking group is reported, 15 of them shall return today by evening is told by local stakeholder. Deceased caught a sickness while reaching Lamuni nearly 3900 mts altitude , he died afterwards in night when one porter brought him down to Phedang.
Where as acting on tip-off immediately the Sikkim Police team along with local villagers on 27 Oct left for the remote place to bring a body after which today they have brought down to Yuksam some 8 Kms from West District HQ Geyzing.
Cause of death is due to altitude sickness is reported.
A big question arise on safety , health concern of tourists when outside state tour operators like Indiahike carry such package trekking in Himalayan region where experienced person as well as porters are necessary. Without a proper information on vital things during the trekking as such incident will outcast dismaying picture through such non-local tour operators taking risks pushing tourists to high altitude in name of Trekking Package.
Local tour operators are anguished since such careless tour operators operating from remote places in metros, cities or outside Sikkim are taking risk by pushing tourists to problems. That which eventually tarnishes Sikkim Tourism name and fame globally.
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