Eight feared dead on Nepal mountain

8 Climbers Dead On Nepal's Mount Gurja After Snowstorm Officials

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

Nine climbers are feared dead after a violent snowstorm destroyed their camp on a Himalayan peak in western Nepal.

Seven people, including South Korean climbers, were killed and two more are missing on Gurja Himal mountain after a strong storm swept through their base camp, Nepalese police said Saturday.

A ninth climber has yet to be found.

Five South Korean climbers including team leader Kim Chang-ho along with their Nepali support staff were killed in the incident, Sherpa said.

"We assume the incident happened because of a snowstorm because trees are broken and the tents".

A search-and-rescue helicopter pilot saw eight bodies scattered across the mountain, a Nepal police spokesman, Shailesh Thapa, said. There were five South Korean climbers and four Nepalese guides in the camp when the strong storm hit.

Gurung said a rescue team would hopefully return to the camp on Sunday, if conditions improved.

"The camp was completely destroyed", the BBC heard from Myagdi district official Liladhar Adhikari.

Expedition organisers raised the alarm after losing contact with the group, who set off on 7 October, for almost 24 hours.

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.

Rarely-climbed Gurja lies in Nepal's Annapurna region, next to avalanche-prone Dhaulagiri - the world's seventh-highest mountain.

Team leader Kim was the first South Korean national to summit 14 peaks above 8,000 metres without using supplemental oxygen.

According to the Himalayan Database, no-one has stood on Gurja's summit since 1996.

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