7 Climbers Killed When Storm Sweeps Through Himalayan Base CampOctober 13, 2018
- The bodies of four South Korean climbers, two Nepalese guides and another unidentified person was discovered by villagers that trekked to the base camp.
- The search continues for the two people still missing.
A strong storm swept through Nepal’s Gurja Himal mountain Friday, destroying a base camp and killing at least seven climbers, Nepalese police said on Saturday.
The bodies of four South Korean climbers, two Nepalese guides and another unidentified person were discovered by villagers who trekked to the base camp. The search continues for two people still missing.
“The bodies have not been identified. Going by the color of their skin four bodies must be of Korean climbers, while two are Nepalis,” police official Bir Bahadur Budhamagar told Reuters.
“It is unclear whether the seventh body found was that of a Korean or Nepali,” Budhamagar said.
The storm prevented two rescue helicopters from landing at base camp, but the pilots also spotted the bodies from the air, the Associated Press reports.
Weather is expected to hinder any helicopter landing until at least Sunday. In the interim, a police team is heading to base camp by foot.
The 23,590-foot Gurja Himal, or Mount Gurja, is part of the Dhaulagiri range in the Himalayas. The highest peak in the range is the Dhaulagiri I, the seventh highest mountain in the world at 26,795 feet above sea level.
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