Einat Tavori, 27, Israeli hiker in India


Einat Tavori, an Israeli traveling during a break from medical school in Hungary, died Aug. 2 after she fell off a cliff while hiking in the mountainous Parvati Valley region of northern India.

After completing her military service working in the Defense Ministry, Tavori received a bachelor’s degree in Australia in Japanese and biology, and then began medical school. She was planning to work with Doctors Without Borders after her graduation. At the end of her second year in medical school, Tavori took time during her summer break to travel in India. She had previously spent two years there in a high school program.

"Einat loved to discover things, and was curious and adventurous, and so she attended high school abroad," said her sister, Tal.


She also said that "Einat was a nurse who took care of us always, especially her brothers. I cannot talk about her in the past; I cannot believe she’s not here beside me."

Tavori was on her way to meet friends from medical school after her hike. Her father, Yigal, a director of numerous prominent Israeli companies, said his daughter “was trained on trips, careful and serious."

Parvati Valley is a mountainous hiking  destination in the northern India state of Himachal Pradesh, east of Dharmsala, a popular trekking spot favored by Israelis and others traveling the world on a budget. It is on the fringes of the Himalaya Mountains.

Tavori set out on a short trek past waterfalls with another Israeli hiker she had met the night before. According to her father, they were walking in single file on a narrow path.

“Rescuers have told us that they heard from him [the other hiker] that suddenly he heard a thump and looked back, but did not see her. He began to search and found she had fallen," her father said. "The other hiker turned back to bring other Israelis from the area and locals to help look for her. With search help, including members of Chabad, they found her body at the bottom of a well near the waterfall." 

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