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Mission to move bodies to airlift site

Bodies of mountaineers who died in an avalanche in the Himalayas are being moved to an airlift site. (AAP)

The bodies of seven mountaineers who died in an avalanche in the Indian Himalayas are being moved towards a spot where they can be picked up by helicopters.

Indian authorities are expected to continue a mission to move the bodies of seven mountaineers who perished in an avalanche in the Indian Himalayas to a site where they can be picked up by helicopters.

An eight-member international mountaineering team, including Sydney woman Ruth McCance, went missing during an expedition on Nanda Devi East after they were hit by an avalanche in late May.

Paramilitary soldiers located the bodies of seven of the eight climbers at an altitude of more than 5000 metres on the mountain more than a week ago.

The bodies are yet to be identified but it's believed Ms McCance's is among those found.

Indian Air Force helicopters have not been able to land at the site where the bodies were found due to the difficult terrain and turbulence.

District Magistrate of Pithoragarh, Dr Vijay Kumar Jogdande, said the air force requested search-and-rescue team leaders bring the bodies to a location where they could be easily lifted by helicopters.

The seven bodies are currently being moved in body bags by a team travelling on foot towards a suitable spot five kilometres above second base camp, Dr Jogdande told AAP on Monday.

It is likely the ground team from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force will reach the site in the next day and a half, Dr Jogdande said.

Once the bodies have been brought to the site, helicopters will be mobilised to try and reach them, he said.

Ms McCance's husband Trent Goldsack mourned his wife at a memorial service at St James' Church in Sydney on Monday.

More than 300 people packed into the church to farewell the avid climber, sailor and jazz singer.

In a eulogy delivered on behalf of Mr Goldsack, Ms McCance's stepdaughter, Roanna McClelland, spoke of a spiritual woman with boundless time for others.

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