Seven dead, two missing on Nepal mountain

Larry Hoffman
October 14, 2018

All of the nine bodies of Korean climbers and Nepali guides were recovered on Sunday, a day after they were found dead on a Himalayan mountain in Nepal.

The bodies were found by a search helicopter sent by the Korean Embassy on Saturday, when expedition organizers raised the alarm after they lost contact with the team for almost 24 hours.

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.

Kathmandu - The bodies of nine climbers killed on Nepal's Mount Gurja were retrieved from the mountainside on Sunday as rescuers tried to piece together what led to the freak accident. Further details about how they died or their progress in the climb weren't immediately available.

The peak was first reached by a Japanese expedition in 1969. "Nine climbers were taken forever by a snow storm but their bravery and tireless spirit demonstrated by their attempt to find a new route will not be buried with them", Moon's statement said.

The storm is the deadliest incident to hit Nepal's mountaineering industry since 18 people were killed at Mount Everest's base camp in 2015 in an avalanche triggered by a powerful natural disaster.

The previous year, 16 Sherpas were killed on Everest when an avalanche swept through the Khumbu Icefall during the busy spring climbing season.

A police team is now making its way to the base camp on foot and will likely reach there on Sunday.

The team leader was Kim...

They had gone to scale the mountain from Gurja Village on 7 October.

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

According to guide company Satori Adventures, Gurja is the shortest peak in the towering Dhaulagiri range, a daunting massif that's home to the world's seventh-highest mountain as well as several peaks higher than 7,500 meters.

Only 30 people have successfully climbed to its peak compared with more the than 8,000 people who have reached the summit of the world's highest mountain, Everest.

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