9 killed in Nepal avalanche

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Kath­mandu: At least nine climbers in­clud­ing five South Korean na­tion­als have been killed in a mas­sive avalanche which dev­as­tated their camp on Nepal’s Mount Gurja, the ex­pe­di­tion or­gan­iser said on Sat­ur­day. The un­ex­pected 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.

Kath­mandu, Oct. 13: At least nine climbers in­clud­ing five South Korean na­tion­als were killed in an avalanche which dev­as­tated their camp on Nepal's Mount Gurja, the ex­pe­di­tion or­gan­iser 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.

Five South Korean climbers in­clud­ing team leader Kim Chang-ho along with their Nepali sup­port staff were killed in the in­ci­dent, he said.

They had gone to scale the moun­tain from Gurja Vil­lage on Oc­to­ber 7.

THE SNOW­STORM buried climbers at the base camp at an al­ti­tude of 3,500 m

THEY WERE await­ing to move to­wards higher camps

A heavy snow­storm fol­lowed by a land­slide buried the base camp when the climbers were await­ing for a fair weather to move to­wards higher camps, he said.

Team leader Kim was the first South Korean na­tional to sum­mit 14 peaks above 8,000 me­tres with­out us­ing sup­ple­men­tal oxy­gen. How­ever, the iden­ti­ties of oth­ers killed in the in­ci­dent were not im­me­di­ately known. — Agen­cies

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