Iranx5 2017

Oshtorankooh, Iran

By December 9, 2017 No Comments

Two Iranian hikers were killed in an avalanche in western Iran and seven others are still missing and hope of finding them alive are fading, media reported on Friday.

The hikers were among a group of 14 men and women from the city of Mashhad and a local guide who were trapped by the avalanche on Thursday on Oshtorankooh mountain, Tasnim news agency said.

They were heading back from Oshtorankooh, one of the highest ranges in Zagros mountains and known as the Iranian Alps because of its high peaks which are snow-capped all year round.

“Efforts are still underway to locate the seven missing hikers – three women and four men,” Reza Ariayi, head of a crisis management committee in western Lorestan province, told Tasnim.

The deadliest avalanches 2017

A number of avalanches have sadly claimed many lives during 2017. Learn more. 

Early season avalanches

The snow layer can be weak in the beginning of the season. Early season avalanches can also be treacherous since rocks and other things can be exposed or be just below the surface.