Five South Korean mountaineers and their four Nepalese leaders were killed after a storm devastated their base camp in the Himalayas, local police and migrant officials said.
Among them, the record-breaking mountaineer Kim Chang-ho in Nepal became the worst climbing accident in two years
Police officer Bir Bahadur Budhamagar said the locals helped the rescuers get the nine bodies near their base camp on Gurja -Berg to pick up a 7,1
"The bodies of all five Koreans and four Nepalis were identified," Budhamagar told Reuters from Myagdi, where the accident took place.
The South Korean expedition was led by Kim, who set the record in 2013 because he reached the summit of the 14 highest mountains in the world fastest, without using additional oxygen.
Kim's four-man team was accompanied by a fifth South Korean trekker. They were in their base camp at an altitude of 3500 meters when the storm arrived.
Nepal is home to eight of the 14 highest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest, and the autumn climbing season is in full swing. Income from foreign climbers is a major source of income for the country.