KATHMANDU - Hopes faded on Sunday for survivors of one of Nepal's worst mountain disasters as villagers joined an intensive search by troops and government officials for as many as 40 people missing after an unseasonal blizzard killed 39, including at least three Israelis.
Israeli citizen Michal Gili Charkesky, from Givatayim, remained missing following the intense snowstorms.
More than 500 people have been rescued from a route popular with foreign adventure tourists that circles Annapurna, the world's tenth-tallest peak, among them 230 foreigners.
Rescuers turned to villagers familiar with the rugged, snow-clad terrain in the hunt for trekkers stranded in isolated areas after the tail end of a cyclone that hit neighboring India last weekend triggered the snow and avalanches.
Jpost.com Staff contributed to this report.