Photo gallery: Hopes fade for missing climbers after Nepal avalanche
KATHMANDU (AFP) - Rescuers scaled down a search on Monday for two French climbers and a Canadian missing in a Nepal avalanche which killed at least nine people attempting to scale one of the world's highest peaks.
Police said they had halted a helicopter rescue mission as hopes faded for the trio, part of a group hit by a wall of snow in their tents near the peak of the 8,156m Manaslu in the early hours of Sunday.
"We have now stopped helicopter rescue operations. Two French and a Canadian mountaineer are still missing. Sherpa guides are in the mountains searching for them," district police chief Basanta Bahadur Kunwar told AFP.