Israeli Trekker Killed After Falling Off Cliff in Northern India

56-year-old Ariel Freimann fell into a gorge during a hike in the Himalayas.

The Himalayas.
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An Israeli man was killed on Tuesday after falling from a cliff during a hike in the Himalayas in northern India.

Ariel Freimann, 56, from Moshav Nir Tzvi in central Israel, started the popular Gangotri trek near the town on Rishikesh, his wife told the Foreign Ministry.

After he slipped into a gorge, she said, the group had to continue hiking until they arrived to an area with cell reception, at which point she and her son were able to report the accident.

A report in the Hindustan Times said Freimann's body was retrieved and the Foreign Ministry was working to bring it to Israel.

This was the second such incident involving foreigners in northern India in the past week. Two members of a Polish team also died in the last week while scaling a 6,543-meter (21,466-foot) high peak in the area.

The snow-bound hills and valleys in Uttarakhand state are a major attraction for trekkers and mountaineers from around the world.

AP contributed to this report.