Approx eight climbers from a South Korean expedition have died on Nepal’s Mount Gurja after their camp was devastated by a violent snowstorm, officials said today.
The bodies of eight climbers, including their Nepali guides, were spotted among the wreckage of their camp by a rescue team early Saturday morning, but unstable and icy conditions were hampering the search effort.
Sailesh Thapa, Police spokesperson”We assume the incident happened because of a snowstorm because trees are broken and the tents are wrecked. Even the dead bodies are scattered.”
Thapa said a ninth climber may also be missing.
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.
A storm Friday night destroyed their camp and rescue helicopter sent early Saturday were unable to land because of bad weather conditions on the mountain, police official Bir Bahadur Budamagar said.>