Bodies of nine climbers killed on Nepal peak found

Bodies of nine climbers killed on Nepal peak found

Bodies of nine climbers killed on Nepal peak found

Seven people, including climbers from South Korea, were killed, and two more were considered missing on Gurja Himal mountain in Nepal after a fierce swept their base camp, Nepalese police told The Associated Press on Saturday.

"We suspect that the snowstorm hit the base camp on Thursday night", Lakma said.

The bodies of the climbers - five South Koreans and four Nepalis - will be flown to Pokhara, a tourist hub that serves as a gateway to the Annapurna region, and then to Kathmandu, said Yogesh Sapkota of Simrik Air, a helicopter company involved in the effort.

"Eight people including members of a South Korean expedition team have been killed in western Nepal apparently due to snowstorm", said police spokesman Sailesh Thapa.

Helicopter pilot Siddartha Gurung was among the first people to reach the site after the deadly storm and described a scene of total destruction with the tents flattened and the climber´s bodies scattered across the area.

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

The permit listed four South Korean climbers, but a fifth member had joined the team later, according to Suresh Dakal of Trekking Camp Nepal, the expedition organiser.

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The previous year, 16 Sherpas were killed on Everest when an avalanche swept through the Khumbu Icefall during the busy spring climbing season.

They were noted missing Friday when officials couldn't contact them, police said.

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

The incident involves the largest group to be hit by a climbing accident in Nepal in two years.

The highest peak in the range is the Dhaulagiri I, the seventh highest mountain in the world at 26,795 feet above sea level.

"It seems that seracs (glacial ice) and snow fell from high on the mountain and the strong gusts of winds from that hit the campsite, throwing the climbers off", said rescuer Suraj Paudyal who reached the site Sunday.

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