Bodies of nine climbers killed on Nepal's Mount Gurja found

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

At least eight climbers killed on Nepal peak: officials

"Going by the colour of their skin four bodies must be of Korean climbers, while two are Nepalese [guides]", Mr Budhamagar said.

The bodies of eight climbers - four South Koreans and four Nepali guides - were spotted near the wreckage of their camp by a rescue team on Saturday morning, but strong winds were hampering the search effort.

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.

A group of five South Korean mountaineers and four Nepali guides were at the base camp of Mount Gurja when the storm struck overnight, police said on Saturday.

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.

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

South Korea's foreign ministry said it is closely cooperating with the Nepalese government for the retrieval of the bodies.

Sherpa added that an alarm was raised after 24 hours elapsed without contact from the group.

The last major tragedy happened in 2015 when 18 people died after an avalanche hit a base camp at Mount Everest.

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

All nine members of a climbing expedition have been killed after they were caught in a deadly snowstorm on a Himalayan peak in Nepal.

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

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.

The tragedy was one the deadliest mountaineering accidents to hit the Himalayan nation in the past few years.

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

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