Published: Mon, October 15, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Climbers who died in Nepal storm included famed South Korean

Climbers who died in Nepal storm included famed South Korean

A heavy snowstorm followed by a landslide buried the base camp at an altitude of 3,500 metres when the climbers were awaiting for a fair weather to move towards higher camps, he said.

"Base camp looks like a bomb went off", added Dan Richards of Global Rescue, a US-based emergency assistance group assisting in the retrieval effort.

At least eight climbers have died on Nepal's Mount Gurja after their camp was devastated by a violent snowstorm, officials said on Saturday.

Grieving relatives received the bodies of the local Nepalese guides.

The storm prevented two rescue helicopters from landing at base camp, but the pilots also spotted the bodies from the air, the Associated Press reports.

The incident involves the largest group to be hit by a climbing accident in Nepal in two years.

Yu was reportedly in charge of the team's climbing equipment, and Im was a filmmaker who had specialized in documentaries on mountain climbers.

Yu was reportedly in charge of equipment for Kim's climbing team.

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It was Nepal's worst such disaster since 2015, when 18 climbers were killed in an avalanche triggered by a massive quake at the base of Mount Everest.

Their bodies were retrieved Sunday morning and were later transported to a hospital in Kathmandu.

Agence France-Presse reporter Ammu Kannampilly (2R), and Nepalese guide Pasang Sherpa (R) stand on a ridge over a valley leading north into the Khumbu region as they try to get a clear view of Mt. Everest on April 18, 2015.

Four climbers have perished on Gurja´s flanks and a total of 30 have successfully reached its peak - a fraction of the more than 8,000 people who have summited Everest, the world´s highest mountain.

In April, an Italian climber died after he was blown off Mount Dhaulagiri, the world's seventh highest peak which neighbours Mount Gurja.

He said another recovery team would be sent on Sunday, weather conditions permitting.

The team attempting Mount Gurja, a 7,193 metre-high (23,600-foot) peak, was led by Kim Chang-ho, a veteran of the sport who had set speed records on 14 of the world's highest mountains.

The climbers were on an expedition to make a new trekking route when their camp on Mount Gurja was swept away by a strong storm.

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