Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Atleast five South Korean climbers and four Nepalese guides missing in storm

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 Atleast five South Korean climbers and four Nepalese guides missing in storm
Deanna Wagner | 13 October, 2018, 19:01

All nine members of a South Korean climbing expedition were confirmed dead Saturday after a violent snowstorm devastated their camp on Nepal's Mount Gurja, one of the deadliest mountaineering accidents to the Himalayan nation in recent years.

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

Kim is believed to be among the dead, officials said. "One Nepali guide is missing", said police spokesman Sailesh Thapa, the BBC reported.

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

The area lies about 216 km (130 miles) northwest of Kathmandu in the region where the world's seventh-highest mountain, Dhaulagiri, is located. But the Italian was at 6,900 metres when his tent was swept off the mountain, whereas the South Korean team were below 4,000 metres when they were hit by powerful winds.

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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.

A police team was heading toward the base camp on foot and will likely reach there on Sunday, Budamagar said.

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.

The climbers were attempting to scale the 7,193-meter (23,590-foot) peak during the Autumn climbing season.