Seven climbers found dead in Nepal snowstorm, two still missing

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

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.

The violent snowstorm buried the climbers at the base camp at an altitude of 3,500 metres near the south face of Mount Dhaulagiri in western Nepal on Friday evening, said Wangchu Sherpa, the Managing Director at Trekking Camp Nepal.

The Korean expedition team, led by Kim Chang-ho, was comprised of six members, but one of them stayed at the foot of the 7,193-meter mountain due to health issues.

South Korea's foreign ministry said it is closely cooperating with the Nepalese government for the retrieval of the bodies.

Police officials say the remote area is hard to reach by foot and locals are still looking for the remaining climber yet to be recovered.

"Everything is gone, all the tents are blown apart", Gurung told AFP. The deceased include five South Koreans.

Local villagers have retrieved at least six of the bodies, police said.

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The climbers had been waiting for the bad weather to clear so they could begin their climb on the risky Himalayan peak.

The previous year, 16 Sherpas were killed on Everest when an avalanche swept through the Khumbu Icefall.

The area lies about 216 km (130 miles) northwest of Kathmandu in the region where the world's seventh-highest mountain, Dhaulagiri, is located.

The South Korean team were planning to scale the mountain via a never-climbed route, according to the Korean Alpine Federation.

Four climbers have previously perished on Gurja's flanks and a total of 30 have successfully reached its peak - a fraction of the more than 8,000 people who have summited Everest, the world's highest mountain.

Nine climbers had been reported missing in the country's worst climbing disaster in two years.

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