Nepal storm kills at least seven climbers on Himalayan mountain, police say

Nepal storm kills at least seven climbers on Himalayan mountain, police say

A group of five South Korean climbers and four Nepali climbers and porters has been reported missing after a storm hit a camp on a Himalayan peak in west Nepal, officials said on Saturday.

Tourism Ministry official Rameshwar Niraula said rescue helicopter pilots also spotted the bodies but were unable to land due to bad weather conditions.

Villagers who reached base camp Saturday afternoon found the bodies of four South Korean climbers, two Nepalese guides and another person yet to be identified, while the search was continuing for two more, Budamagar said.

At least eight climbers died when a violent snowstorm destroyed their camp on a Himalayan peak in western Nepal. "One Nepali guide is missing", police spokesman Sailesh Thapa told the BBC.

The helicopter team hopes to return on Sunday, if weather clears up.

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The previous year, 16 Sherpas were killed on Everest when an avalanche swept through the Khumbu Icefall during the busy Spring climbing season.

The Dhaulagiri massif, about 130 miles (210km) northwest of Kathmandu, has been responsible for the deaths of dozens of climbers since the first recorded attempt on one of its lower summits in 1954.

A police rescue team is now making its way on foot to the site while the helicopter team hopes to return to the camp on Sunday, if weather conditions improve.

The South Korean team were planning to scale the mountain via a never-climbed route, the Korean Alpine Federation said.

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