Snowstorm in Nepal Kills Seven Climbers on Himalayan Peak of Mount Gurja

At least seven climbers died when a violent snowstorm destroyed their camp on a Himalayan peak in western Nepal.

A five-member South Korean expedition team and four Nepali guides were at the base camp of Mount Gurja when the storm struck, police said on Saturday.

The crew of a rescue helicopter confirmed seeing seven bodies in the ruins of the camp, but was unable to stay due to bad weather conditions.

Two climbers are yet to be found but are also feared dead.

“The recovery mission is in progress,” police spokesman Sailesh Thapa told the BBC. “The incident happened due to a snowstorm. One helicopter tried to land but couldn’t due to bad weather.”

Local media report that South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho, the fastest person to reach the summits of the world’s 14 highest mountains without using supplemental oxygen, is among the dead.

“The camp was completely destroyed,” the BBC heard from Myagdi district official Liladhar Adhikari. “[A recovery team] could see the bodies of the climbers scattered near the camp.”

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SOURCE: BBC News