Nepal storm kills at least seven climbers on Himalayan mountain, police say

Mount Gurja in Nepal's Dhaulagiri range

The official said the camp had been destroyed.

Two helicopters brought the bodies to Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, on Sunday from the mountain after the weather cleared up.

The bodies of nine climbers killed on Nepal's Mount Gurja were retrieved Sunday as rescuers tried to piece together what led to the freak accident, the deadliest to hit the Himalayan nation's mountaineering industry in recent years.

Yoo was in charge of equipment, Lee was charged with taking care of food and medical supplies and Yim was a documentary filmmaker, the agency said.

While the climb was arduous on its own - rife with glacial ice and loose rock, according to GlacierHub - the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation commended Kim's team for making the climb without leaving a trace, including gear and waste. But the official said they couldn't secure flight tickets to Nepal in time and made a decision to transport the bodies to South Korea soon, possibly by Wednesday morning at the earliest.

It was the deadliest climbing disaster in Nepal since 2015 when 19 people were killed at Mount Everest base camp by an avalanche triggered by an quake that devastated the country.

The previous year, 16 Sherpas were killed on Everest when an avalanche swept through the Khumbu Icefall. Kim achieved his feat in 2013.

A sixth South Korean national was staying in a village in the valley below the mountain when the powerful storm struck and survived, according to a local police report.

At least nine climbers have been reported missing after a storm swept through their camp on a Himalayan mountain.

Eight bodies were airlifted to Kathmandu, while the body of Netra Bahadur Chhantyal, 29, from Gurja of Dhawalagiri rural municipality-1, has been sent to his home after postmortem at Myagdi district hospital.

Mount Gurja, also called Gurja Himal, while not famous as one of Nepal's most challenging peaks, is part of the Dhaulagiri range, which is topped by Dhaulagiri I, the seventh-highest mountain in the world.

They were issued permit to climb the peak during the autumn climbing season.

The CAC official said a Korean Air flight carrying the bodies of the climbers will arrive at South Korea's Incheon International Airport early Wednesday.



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