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Avalanche hits Nepal peak; 5 South Koreans among 9 killed

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

At least nine climbers including five South Korean nationals have been 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 in western on Friday evening, said Wangchu Sherpa, the at

Five South Korean climbers including along with their Nepali support staff were killed in the incident, Sherpa said.

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

A heavy snowstorm followed by a landslide buried the base camp at an altitude of 3,500 metres when the climbers were awaiting for a fair weather to move towards higher camps, he said.

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.

A rescue helicopter was dispatched towards the Saturday morning.

The mountain Mount Gurja, with a 7,193-metre peak, is in western

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First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 11:30 IST