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Nepal storm kills several climbers in Himalayas

Nepal storm kills several climbers in Himalayas”

Nine members of a South Korean climbing expedition were killed after a violent snowstorm swept them off a cliff on Nepal's Mount Gurja, one of the deadliest mountaineering accidents to hit the Himalayan nation in recent years.

Mr. Thapa said a ninth climber may also be missing.

The group of South Korean climbers and their Nepali guides had been camped at the foot of the 7,193-meter (23,599 foot) Mount Gurja since early October, waiting for a window of good weather so they could attempt to reach the summit.

A rescue helicopter at the scene confirmed seeing eight bodies in the ruins of the camp, but was unable to stay due to bad conditions.

A storm destroyed their camp on the 7,193-metre-high mountain late Friday.

Officials said it was unlikely the bad weather would clear on Saturday and the base camp is at least a one-day trek from the nearest village.

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

A police team was heading toward the base camp on foot and will likely reach there on Sunday, Budamagar said.

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.

The area lies about 216 km (130 miles) northwest of Kathmandu in the region where the world's seventh-highest mountain, Dhaulagiri, is located.

According to the Himalayan Database, no-one has stood on Gurja's summit since 1996.



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