Eight climbers dead after in snowstorm on Nepal's Mount Gurja

Clay Curtis
October 13, 2018

Kathmandu - Five South Korean climbers and three Nepalese guides are feared dead after a snowstorm tore apart their base camp at Mount Gurja in western Nepal, police said Saturday.

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.

A storm destroyed their camp on the 7,193-metre-high mountain late Friday. "One Nepali guide is missing", said police spokesman Sailesh Thapa, the BBC reported.

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. "Going by the color of their skin four bodies must be of Korean climbers, while two are Nepalis", Budhamagar told Reuters from Myagdi district where the site is located.

Feted South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho, who in 2013 became the fastest person to summit the world's 14 highest mountains without using supplemental oxygen, was leading the expedition, according to a government-issued climbing permit seen by AFP.

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"Rescuers will try to recover the bodies on Sunday", the official said.

It was unlikely the weather would clear on Saturday and the base camp is at least one-day trek from the nearest village.

Only 30 people have successfully climbed to its peak compared with more the than 8,000 people who have reached the summit of the world's highest mountain, Everest.

The climbers were attempting to scale the 7193-metre peak during the Autumn climbing season.

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