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Sydney mountaineer Ruth McCance's remains cremated in India

Mountaineer Ruth McCance, from Sydney, was on an expedition that was hit by an avalanche. Source: Facebook

Sydney mountaineer Ruth McCance's remains have been cremated in India after her husband was told they would not be able to be transported back to Australia.

The husband of Sydney mountaineer Ruth McCance held a vigil at one of their local look-out spots on the night her remains were cremated in India.

Ms McCance was part of an eight-member international mountaineering team that went missing during an expedition on Nanda Devi East in the Himalayas after they were hit by an avalanche in late May.

Seven bodies were retrieved during aerial missions on the mountain last week, including the body of Ms McCance.

Indian paramilitary personnel carry a body retrieved from Nanda Devi.
Indian paramilitary personnel carry a body retrieved from Nanda Devi.
AAP

Her husband Trent Goldsack was told on Saturday his wife's remains could not be transported back to Australia.

Her body would have to be cremated in India - a process which took place on Tuesday evening - but the ashes could be sent back.

That night, Mr Goldsack held a vigil for his wife near their home on the lower North Shore.

"Often on an evening my wife and I, we'd take a walk down to Ball's Head [Reserve] and there's a little lookout there that looks out over the city and has got a really nice view, and we would look at the view for a little while and then walk home," Mr Goldsack told AAP on Friday.

"That was the sort of little thing we did often, so it's the place that I can go that's nearby that I can be close to her."

Mr Goldsack hasn't been given a time-frame for the return of his wife's ashes but plans to hold a private scattering.

"Ruth was quite clear with me that Australia was her home and that's where she wanted to rest," Mr Goldsack said.

She was farewelled at a memorial service at St James' Church in Sydney, where the couple wed, earlier this month.

A mourner holds an order of service booklet during the Memorial Service for parishioner and Australian climber Ruth McCance at St James' Church in Sydney
A mourner holds an order of service booklet during the Memorial Service for parishioner and Australian climber Ruth McCance at St James' Church in Sydney
AAP

Mr Goldsack will also travel to the UK, where Ms McCance was born before moving to Australia in her 20s, for another memorial service with her British family and friends.

The missing body of the eighth member was confirmed on Friday to be veteran British mountaineer Martin Moran, who was leading the team.

"Martin was a beloved husband, father, friend and colleague. We will honour his memory by continuing to journey into the mountains and to all the places he held dear," a statement from Mr Moran's family said.

A memorial for Mr Moran is planned for Saturday in Scotland.

Mount Everest
Overcrowding has become a serious issue in the Himalayas.
Nirmal Purja/Twitter @nimsdai

A memorial concert is also planned for Ms McCance on Sunday and will raise money for St Laurence House, a homeless youth service where she served as chair and a committee member.

Ms McCance was a jazz singer as well as a corporate coach and sailor.

The event's organiser, Ms McCance's musical partner Meera Belle, said she was a giver in all aspects of her life.

"She gave of her energy, she gave of her consideration, she gave of her thoughtfulness, she gave of her approach, of her knowledge, she was not interested in dead-end streets," Ms Belle told AAP.

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