Fog Strands 1.2K Everest Hikers
Flights canceled, they spend four days in foothills
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 4, 2011 10:28 AM CDT
Foreign trekkers return from the domestic airport after their flight was cancelled in Katmandu, Nepal, Friday, Nov. 4, 2011.   (AP Photo/Binod Joshi)
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(Newser) – A heavy fog has shrouded the only Mount Everest-area airport, shutting down flights and leaving some 1,200 foreign hikers stranded in the foothills. A few have caught helicopter rides out of the area, but many have spent four days at an altitude of 9,200 feet, living in Tenzing-Hillary Airport and tents at local hotels, the AP reports.