At least eight climbers killed on Nepal peak

Blanche Robertson
October 13, 2018

Police in Nepal say five South Korean climbers and four Nepalese guides are missing on Gurja Himal mountain after a strong storm swept through their base camp.

A search-and-rescue helicopter pilot saw eight bodies scattered across the mountain, a Nepal police spokesman, Shailesh Thapa, said.

Niraula didn't disclose the names of the missing climbers and porters and gave no further details about the incident, which involves the largest group to be hit by a climbing accident in Nepal in 2 years.

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.

"Everything is gone, all the tents are blown apart".

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Expedition organisers raised the alarm after losing contact with the group, who set off on 7 October, for almost 24 hours.

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

Dakal said they were still struggling to confirm if the fifth South Korean had reached the base camp when the powerful storm tore through the area on Friday.

Mount Gurja sits in Nepal's Annapurna region, next to avalanche-prone Dhaulagiri, the world's seventh highest mountain.

Nepal is home to 8 of the world's 14 highest mountains including Mount Everest, and the autumn climbing season is now at its peak.

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