Ex­pert climb team die in snow­storms

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY KAREN ROCK­ETT

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.

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