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Foreign trekkers were stranded in the foothills of Mount Everest because of bad weather (AP)

Foreign trekkers were stranded in the foothills of Mount Everest because of bad weather (AP)

Foreign trekkers were stranded in the foothills of Mount Everest because of bad weather (AP)

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, a Nepal police official said.

Area police chief Ramesh Khakda said 20 flights left the Lukla airport on Monday morning and that more are 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 on Sunday but planes were not able to land or take off from Lukla, located at an altitude of 9,200 feet.

PA