Expert climb team die in snowstorms
AT least eight men have died in a snowstorm on a little-climbed Himalayan peak in western Nepal.
The five-member South Korean expedition team and four Nepali guides were at the base camp of Mount Gurja at 3,500m.
Rescuers in a helicopter saw eight bodies but were unable to land due to bad weather. The ninth climber is also feared dead.
It is thought Korean climber Kim Chang-ho, the fastest person to summit the world’s 14 highest mountains without extra oxygen, is among the dead.
A rescue team hoped to reach the bodies today.
No one has stood on 7,193m Gurja’s summit since 1996 and only 30 people have reached its peak, compared to 5,000 who have climbed Everest.