Four Slovenians and their three Nepali trekking guides were stranded there as they could not trek through the Nyalu pass, The Himalayan Times reported.
Due to Covid-19, fitness freaks in Guntur have taken to trekking like fish to water.
Adventure sports have caught on well among denizens looking for weekend getaways from the city, and upcoming holiday season is adding to the craze.
The trekking group trapped in forest fire at Kurangani hills in Bodi taluk of Theni went without obtaining permit and in future such illegitimate forays will strictly be prohibited.
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One among the 39 people who went trekking in Theni forest, D Vibin from Coimbatore succumbed to his burn injuries in Theni.
As panic spread, there were only two options left — to use the last bit of dying strength to take an alternative route to safety or to stay behind until a path opened up.
The last 12-18 months have seen a sharp increase in camping or trekking in Kerala forests, most of them without proper permission or licence.
The State Forest Department has been directed to take all necessary precautions to prevent forest fires while also banning trekking in the forests.
Stern action would be taken in the future against trekkers who undertake such expeditions without the state's permission, he said.
Police said a couple of officials were deputed to make enquiries at the office of the group at Palavakkam here, but found it to be closed.
The CTC website does not have any name or number of the persons who are in-charge of the trekking expeditions.
The flames that licked the forest were so intense that they went up to 10 ft over a long stretch, hampering access and rescue operations.
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