Snowstorm kills at least eight climbers on Nepal peak

13 October, 2018, 19:00 | Author: Myra Gill
  • 8 Climbers Dead On Nepal's Mount Gurja After Snowstorm Officials

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.

Wangchu Sherpa, managing director of Trekking Camp Nepal, who organised the expedition, said they raised the alarm after they had not heard from the team for almost 24 hours.

The remote area is hard to reach by foot, he said, and locals are still looking for two other climbers who are missing after the overnight storm.

Police official Bir Bahadur Budamagar says that a storm Friday night destroyed their camp.

It was unlikely the weather would clear on Saturday and helicopter flights were likely to be possible only on Sunday.


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.

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

A rescue team is on its way to the site on foot.

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.

Nepal is in peak climbing season at present after the end of monsoon season.

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