Dharmshala, Mar. 26, 2019: A 20-year-old student from Delhi, who had gone missing on the Triund Trek near McLeod Ganj, survived for 8 days by drinking only spring water. He was recently found by a team of local trekkers who were part of a rescue operation, reported the Times of India.
Himanshu Ahuja’s survival story has come as a miracle considering the harsh weather conditions in Himachal Pradesh. The 20-year-old was on a college trip to the Triund region with 40 other students. However, when the group visited the Bhagsu waterfall in Bhagsunaag village, Himanshu went missing.
After students and college authorities failed to find Himanshu, a missing complaint was filed.
Search parties comprising the local police and army searched areas around McLeod Ganj for five days but were unable to find Himanshu.
But a trekker named Ranjeet Singh, along with members of his trekking team found the 20-year-old beneath a tree.
Singh told TOI there a small cave near the tree in which Himanshu took shelter and survived by drinking only spring water. Singh added that his team was familiar with the area and they went in search of Himanshu only after gathering all the information about the college trip.
Himanshu told reporters that he was walking behind the group after he had an argument with some of his friends during the trek. However, when he tried following the footsteps of his friends after falling behind, he slipped down a slope and hurt his foot.
“I tried to call my friends from my cellphone but its battery drained out. My foot was swollen and I couldn’t move due to severe pain,” Himanshu was quoted by Hindustan Times.
Himanshu said that he had nothing to eat and was only left with the spring water which he drank for 8 days.
Rescuers said that it was a miracle that Himanshu managed to survive in such harsh conditions.