The bodies of the two Spanish moutaineers, who died trying to climb Mount Chacraraju in northern Peru, have been brought down to a mortuary in the town of Yungay where autopsies will be carried out to determine the exact cause of their deaths.
The chief of the area's mountain rescue department, Max Trujillo, confirmed that the bodies were found yesterday morning close to the west face of Chacraraju, a 6,112m high snowy peak in Peru's Cordillera Blanca.
"As far as we can make out," he explained, " they were climbing the west face of the peak on Tuesday, when they were hit by an avalanche."
It took the rescue team eight hours to bring the bodies down. First of all they were taken to a lagoon, where they were loaded onto horses for the remainder of the descent to the Cebollapampa camp, from where they were then transferred to the mortuary in Yungay.
A spokesperson for the Spanish consulate in Peru made it clear that any decision about repatriating the bodies would be made by the insurance company and the families involved.
The two dead Spaniards, 27-year-old Daniel Crespo, and 26-year-old Alejandro Bonilla, set out for the snowy peaks of Chacraraju, in the Ancash region, some 385km to the north of Lima, but all contact with them was lost on Tuesday 6th.
The mountaineers had estimated that their climb would take them about 11 hours, including scaling the more complicated and dangerous west face of Mount Chacraraju.