Eight rockclimbers died after the deadly snowstorm hit Mount Gurja in Nepal

Members of South Korean expedition among the dead

The Nepal police cited that atleast eight rock climbers have died in Nepal near one of the highest mountains in the Himalayas.

The accident happened at Mount Gurja, near 8.167 meters high Dhaulagiri. According to the police spokesperson Sailesh Thapa, some members of a South Korean expedition are among the dead.

The reason behind the accident seems to be that the climbers’ camp was razed in a snowstorm. A ninth climber is believed to be missing.

A helicopter managed to get to the place on Saturday morning local time. Rescue crews could see the dead, but the weather was too bad for them to be retrieved.

“Everything is gone, the tents are completely broken,” says pilot Siddartha Gurung.

The English-language Nepali newspaper The Himalayan reports that five South Koreans and four climbers from Nepal died in the accident. The expedition camp at 3,500 meters height was destroyed in a snowstorm followed by a slurry, according to the newspaper.

One of the perpetrators is believed to be the famous South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho. He had the record for the fastest climbing of the world’s 14 highest mountains without artificial oxygen supply.

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