Atleast five South Korean climbers and four Nepalese guides missing in storm

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2018

Kathmandu - Five South Korean climbers and three Nepalese guides are feared dead after a snowstorm tore apart their base camp at Mount Gurja in western Nepal, police said Saturday.

Thapa, the police spokesman, said weather conditions on the mountain were preventing search-and-rescue efforts.

"The camp was completely destroyed", the BBC heard from Myagdi district official Liladhar Adhikari.

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.

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.

A helicopter reached the site and managed to land just above the expedition team's camp, but were unable to retrieve any of the bodies.

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

The climbers had been waiting for a window of good weather so they could reach the summit, when the storm hit Friday.

Mount Gurja, also called Gurja Himal, while not famous as one of Nepal's most challenging peaks, is part of the Dhaulagiri range, which is topped by Dhaulagiri I, the seventh-highest mountain in the world.

Thousands of climbers flock to Nepal each year - home to eight of the world's 14 highest peaks - creating a lucrative mountain tourism industry that is a vital source of cash for the impoverished country.

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