5 Koreans and 4 Nepali climbers killed on Nepal peak

5 Koreans and 4 Nepali climbers killed on Nepal peak

At least nine climbers, including five Korean nationals, reportedly died on Nepal's Mount Gurja on Friday evening after a massive snowstorm buried their camp.

According to the report in Himalaya Times, a landslide buried the base camp of Mt Gurja (7,193 metres) on the lap of the south face of Mt Dhaulagiri in western Nepal. 

The deceased have been identified as team leader Kim Chang-ho, Lee Jaehun, Rim Il-jin, Yoo Youngjik, and Jeong Joon-mo, according to Wangchu Sherpa, Managing Director at Trekking Camp Nepal. 

The deceased Nepali climbers have been identified as Chhiring Bhote, Lakpa Sangbu Bhote , Natra Bahadur Chantel and Phurbu Bhote.

A rescue helicopter was also reportedly sent this morning.

Mount Gurja was first climbed on November 1, 1969 and is considered to be a part of the Dhaulagiri Himal mountain range which contains Dhaulagiri I, the seventh highest mountain in the world.  



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