KATHMANDU – At least eight climbers were killed and another was missing on a Himalayan peak in western Nepal after their camp was devastated by a severe storm, police sources reported on Saturday.
Police in Myagdi district stated that a search mission had found the bodies of four South Korean climbers and four Nepalese guides at the base camp of Mount Gurja, located at 3,500 meters (11,483 feet), while the missing mountaineer is also a South Korean national.
The agency coordinating the expedition lost contact with the group on Thursday night while they were waiting for favorable conditions, the director of the department of tourism, Meera Acharya, told EFE.
The director added that authorities had ruled out an avalanche or landslide as the cause of the accident.
Rescuers and local residents began the search Friday, but were turned back by a heavy snowstorm, Acharya said, but had seen a body falling off a cliff, and a rescue helicopter had also reported that bodies, stores and food were scattered throughout the base camp.