The husband of Sydney mountaineer Ruth McCance, whose body is believed to be among those of seven climbers retrieved by rescuers from the Indian Himalayas, says he now has an answer about what happened to her.
Ms McCance was part of an eight-member international mountaineering team that went missing during an expedition on Nanda Devi East, after being hit by an avalanche.
Paramilitary soldiers on Sunday located the bodies of seven of the eight climbers at an altitude of more than 5,000 metres on the mountain.
While the bodies have not yet been identified, it's believed Ms McCance's body is among the seven.
Ms McCance's husband Trent Goldsack said he had initially concluded he would never get the remains back, given the difficulty Indian authorities had experienced with inclement weather and the remote location.
He had resigned himself to the fact they wouldn't find anything and expected his wife would be "resting in the beautiful wild places that she needed to be in," Mr Goldsack told AAP on Monday.
"When they found the bodies, at least, as sad as that was, we had an answer," he said.
Mr Goldsack pointed to the current search for missing Belgian teenager Theo Hayez, who was last seen in Byron Bay more than three weeks ago.
"Those people don't have an answer and at least I have one. And it's not the answer I wanted, but at least it's an answer," he said.
His wife wasn't seeking an adrenaline rush by being in the Himalayas but was being "true to herself," he said.
Mr Goldsack said he will "always be married to her".
While it's unknown how long the process of bringing Ms McCance's body back to Australia will be, a memorial service will be held next week.
"A lot of people need something," Mr Goldsack said.
Veteran British mountaineer Martin Moran was leading the team which included three other Britons, two Americans and an Indian, as well as Ms McCance.
The plan for retrieving the bodies of the mountaineers is "a bit sketchy," Mr Goldsack said.
Once they have been brought down off the mountain, they will then be identified formally and autopsies will be conducted, he said.
Australian Associated Press