Snowstorm kills 9 climbers on Nepal peak

Lester Mason
October 13, 2018

The Korean Embassy in Nepal says the bodies of the South Korean climbers and four Nepalese guides were spotted by helicopter near their base camp of Mount Gurja on Saturday.

The Himalayan Times reported a landslide on the south face of Mt Dhaulagiri in western Nepal buried the climbers, according to the expedition organiser Wangchu Sherpa, managing director at Trekking Camp Nepal.

Niraula didn't disclose the names of the missing climbers and porters and gave no further details of the incident, which involves the largest group to be hit by a climbing accident in Nepal in two years.

Kim is believed to be among the dead, officials said.

Gurung said a rescue team would hopefully return to the camp on Sunday, if conditions improved.

A rescue helicopter at the scene confirmed seeing eight bodies in the ruins of the camp, but was unable to stay due to bad weather conditions. However, the identities of others killed in the incident were not immediately known.

Nepal is in peak climbing season at present after the end of monsoon season.

The team had been camped at the foot of the 7,193-metre (23,599-foot) Mount Gurja since early October, waiting for a window of good weather so they could attempt to reach the summit.

Team leader Kim was the first South Korean national to summit 14 peaks above 8,000 metres without using supplemental oxygen.

The South Korean team were planning to scale the mountain via a never-climbed route, the Korean Alpine Federation said.

Thousands of climbers flock to Nepal each year - home to eight of the world's 14 highest peaks - creating a lucrative mountain tourism industry that is a vital source of cash for the impoverished country.

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