KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepal police official says hundreds of foreign trekkers stranded in the Mount Everest area for the past week are departing on flights now that the weather has cleared at the region's only airport.
Area police chief Ramesh Khakda says 20 flights left the Lukla airport Monday morning, and that more were expected through the day. Over the past week, all flights had been grounded because of poor weather.
Small helicopters had made a few rescue flights Sunday, but planes were not able to land or take off from Lukla, located at an altitude of 9,200 feet (2,800 meters).
German trekkers who were rescued by helicopter arrive at the airport in Katmandu, Nepal, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. More than 1,000 foreign trekkers are stranded in the foothills of Mount Everest because bad weather has not allowed planes to take off or land at the area's only airport. (AP Photo/Binod Joshi)