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Himalayan storm: Climbers' bodies removed from Nepal mountain



 Kim Chang-ho

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Kim Chang-ho, who was among those killed, won awards for his mounting efforts
                

The five South Koreans and four Nepali guides were found scattered across the base camp near Mount Gurja, a 7,1

93m high peak (23,600ft).

The incident is the worst climber to hit in Nepal.

The crew of a rescue helicopter started retrieving the victims on Sunday, after trying to beat them by the wind.

"It seems that seracs [glacial ice] and snow fell from the mountain and the strong gusts The camp was completely destroyed, the BBC heard from Myagdi district official Liladhar Adhikari.

"We

Expedition organizers raised the alarm with the group, which set off on 7 October , for nearly 24 hours.

The bodies were brought to Nepal's Pokhara airport and flown to Kathmandu's TU Teaching hospital by helicopter.

Grieving relatives received the bodies of the local Nepalese guides.

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The South Korean climbers are expected to return to Seoul as early as Wednesday, according to an official from the Corean Alpine Club speaking to Yonhap news.

Experienced climber Kim Chang-ho, the first South to reach the summits of the world's highest mountains without using supplemental oxygen.

The Climbers – led by Mr Kim – [19659903] AFP

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The bodies have been flown by helicopter to Kathmandu
                

The rare-climbed Mount Gurja sits in Nepal's Annapurna region, next to Dhaulagiri's avalanche-prone, the world's seventh highest mountain.

The base camp, which is at least one-day's trek from the nearest village, is at 3,500m.

According to the Himalayan Database, no-one has stood up on Gurja's summit since 1996.

Only 30 people have successfully climbed to their summit with more than 8,000 people who have reached the summit of the world's highest mountain, Everest.


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