At least eight climbers killed on Nepal peak

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. — Reuters pic

The team had injuries, including head wounds and broken bones, consistent with being hit by strong winds, but rescuers say it most likely caused by the powerful downblast from an avalanche, not a storm.

A renowned South Korean climber was among nine people killed when a vicious snowstorm hit their camp on Nepal's Mount Gurja, according to officials.

Rescue authorities have retrieved the bodies of the five South Korean climbers and four Nepalese guides. who were found dead in the Himalayas after a violent snowstorm last week.

Nine climbers had been reported missing in the country's worst climbing disaster in two years.

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

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

On Saturday, police said locals had spotted seven bodies on the mountain slopes, but emergency workers were unable to retrieve them due to bad weather. "The conditions were too icy to continue the search", rescue pilot Siddartha Gurung told AFP.

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He said the district collectors have been asked to shift the people in the low-lying areas to the multi-purpose calamity shelters. Effect of the landfall of the Very Severe Cyclonic Storm was also largely felt in Bhanjanagar and Aska.

"After they (the climbers) were out of contact since yesterday, we sent people from the village and a helicopter to search for them", he said.

Jeong Joon-mo, a director of the Corean Alpine Club and four Nepali guides joined the team in Nepal.

"The terrain is very challenging and it was a hard process to retrieve the bodies", said Poudyal.

Despite not being as high as other Himalayan mountains in Nepal, Mount Gurja has seen only a fraction of the climbers of the world's highest peak, Mount Everest.

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 successfully climbed it in more than 20 years.

Friday's storm was the deadliest incident in Nepal's mountaineering industry since 18 people were killed at Mount Everest base camp in 2015 in an avalanche triggered by a powerful quake.

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