Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

At least eight climbers killed on Nepal peak

8 Climbers Dead On Nepal's Mount Gurja After Snowstorm Officials At least eight climbers killed on Nepal peak: officials
Ellis Copeland | 13 October, 2018, 22:48

At least seven mountaineers were killed after their camp on a Himalayan peak in western Nepal was hit by a storm, police said on Saturday, in the country's worst climbing disaster in two years.

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 recovery team] could see the bodies of the climbers scattered near the camp". The other South Korean climbers who died have been identified as Lee Jaehun, Rim Il-jin, Yoo Youngjik, and Jeong Joon-mo.

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

A rescue helicopter sent to look for them on Saturday was prevented from landing due to poor visibility.

The storm is the deadliest incident to hit Nepal's mountaineering industry since 18 people were killed at Mount Everest's base camp in 2015 in an avalanche triggered by a powerful natural disaster.

Agence France-Presse reporter Ammu Kannampilly (2R), and Nepalese guide Pasang Sherpa (R) stand on a ridge over a valley leading north into the Khumbu region as they try to get a clear view of Mt. Everest on April 18, 2015.

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Mount Gurja, which is not among the popular mountains in Nepal, lies near the 8,167-metre Dhaulagiri, the world's seventh highest peak. "We will retrieve them as soon as possible".

Kim Chang-ho, from South Korea, who is the fastest person to reach the summits of the world's 14 highest mountains without additional oxygen, is believed by local media to be among the dead.

Nepal is home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountains including Mount Everest, and the autumn climbing season is now at its peak.

According to the Himalayan Database, no one has successfully climbed it in more than 20 years.

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

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