Australian Climber Reportedly Missing In Himalayas

An Australian woman is thought to be missing in the Himalayas in India after her expedition team failed to return from an attempted summiting of a remote unclimbed peak.

The foreign affairs department on Saturday night said it was providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian "that may be among a group of trekkers missing in the Nanda Devi area of India".

The eight-member team was being led by British guide Martin Moran, according to local media reports.

The group included mountaineers from the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia, as well as a local guide from the Indian Institute of Mountaineering, India Today reports.

The team trekked into the heart of the Nanda Devi sanctuary "with the ambition of summiting a virgin peak", according to a Moran Mountain Facebook post on May 12.

The complete trip was expected to take some 24 days.

A view of Himalayan range including Nanda Devi. PHOTO: Getty Images

The adventure company, Moran Mountain, on May 22 wrote that the Nanda Devi team had reached its second base camp at almost 5000 metres above sea level.

"After a recce of the route, they will be making a summit attempt on an unclimbed peak at 6477m," the company stated on Facebook.

Local media reports the district administration has sent a rescue team to search for the missing mountaineers.

The ABC reports the missing Australian is a Sydney woman who's an experienced amateur climber.

Moran Mountain has been contacted for comment.

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