Shillong, Oct 10: The body of mountaineer Tiklu Jyrwa was brought home to Upper Lumparing here yesterday. The funeral will be held tomorrow.

His brother-in-law and fellow climber, Wallambok Lyngdoh, informed yesterday that Jyrwa had proven himself to be an extremely capable climber and had been nominated as the course’s Best Trainee.

Jyrwa was taking the advanced mountaineering course at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in the hopes of becoming an instructor and improving his family’s fortunes.

Lyngdoh added that, though the loss is a terrible one, the family are lucky that his body could be given a proper funeral as, in many cases, victims of avalanches are never found.

The body had been formally identified by Lyngdoh on Saturday morning and flown to Guwahati on Sunday on the same flight that brought back Assam climber Deepshikha Hazarika.

They were part of a team of climbers that was caught by an avalanche after they summitted Draupadi ka Danda 2 in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, on Tuesday. The bodies of 27 of the 29 who went missing have been recovered. Several other climbers who were further away from this group largely escaped injury.

The funeral service will begin at 1PM on Tuesday and Jyrwa will be laid to rest at the Lumparing Presbyterian Cemetery.

(File photo)

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