7 killed, 2 missing after storm sweeps Nepal mountain

7 killed, 2 missing after storm sweeps Nepal mountain

7 killed, 2 missing after storm sweeps Nepal mountain

The incident is the worst climbing accident to hit Nepal in two years.

Eight climbers from a South Korean expedition to climb Mount Gurja in Nepal have died and one remains missing, officials said on Saturday. (They) fell off a cliff and died'.

Grieving relatives received the bodies of the local Nepalese guides.

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.

An official from the South Korea's Corean Alpine Club said the bodies of Kim Chang-ho and four other South Koreans who were killed will arrive in South Korea on Wednesday.

Rescue officials tried to send a second helicopter to the site yesterday afternoon, but it was unable to fly owing to strong winds, police spokesman Sailesh Thapa told AFP.

The previous year, 16 Sherpas were killed on Everest when an avalanche swept through the Khumbu Icefall.

"There needs be an investigation.my hope is that more information will come to light over the next day or two as the remains are collected and analysed", said Dan Richards of Global Rescue, a US-based emergency assistance group that helped with the retrieval effort.

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The bodies were brought to Nepal's Pokhara airport and flown to Kathmandu TU Teaching hospital by helicopter. They were not able to land due to the continuing bad weather but spotted the bodies, which were retrieved Sunday.

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

The Myagdi District Police Office identified the deceased Koreans as Jaehun Lee, Chang Ho Kin, Jin Rim, Youngjik Yoo, and Joon Mo Jeong.

"We notified the family members of the dead climbers that it's hard to go to Nepal", the official said.

The mountain Mount Gurja, with a 7,193-metre peak, is in western Nepal.

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.

According to the Himalayan Database, no one has successfully climbed it in more than 20 years.

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