At least 8 climbers dead after snowstorm in Nepal, police say


The group - five South Korean climbers and four Nepali guides - were there to climb the Himalayan mountain.

The violent snowstorm buried the climbers at the base camp at an altitude of 3,500 metres near the south face of Mount Dhaulagiri in western Nepal on Friday evening, said Wangchu Sherpa, the Managing Director at Trekking Camp Nepal.

A helicopter reached the site about 100 kilometres northwest of Kathmandu and managed to land just above the team's camp, but personnel were unable to retrieve any of the bodies.

Five South Korean climbers and four Nepalese guides who went missing due to a heavy snowstorm on a mountain in Nepal were found dead near their base camp Saturday, the Korean Embassy in Nepal said.

At least nine climbers have been reported missing after a storm swept through their camp on a Himalayan mountain.

He said: 'Everything is gone, all the tents are blown apart'. "The conditions were too icy to continue the search", pilot Siddartha Gurung told AFP.

'(They) fell off a cliff and died'.

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The group were reported missing after expedition organisers raised the alarm when they lost contact with the group for almost 24 hours.

"Base camp looks like a bomb went off", said Dan Richards of Global Rescue, a US-based emergency assistance group that will be helping with the retrieval effort.

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

Mount Gurja, which is not among the popular mountains in Nepal, lies near the 8,167-metre Dhaulagiri, the world's seventh highest peak.

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

No climber has reached its summit for more than 20 years.

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 quake.