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Snowstorm Kills 9 climbers at Gurja camp on Friday October 11

Snowstorm Kills 9 climbers at Gurja camp on Friday October 11

Oct 14, 2018
Sazal Maharjan

A team of 5 South Korean climbers and 4 Nepali guides and porters are claimed dead after a heavy snowstorm struck their camp at Mount Gurja of Nepal. This is the worst incident to hit the Nepalese Himalayas after 2 years.

The storm hit their cam on Friday Night and two rescue helicopters were sent early Saturday but they were unable to land due to poor weather conditions. It is unlikely that the weather will clear any sooner than Saturday afternoon.

The body of Four South Koreans and 4 Nepali Guides were found by the villagers near the camp wreckage on Saturday afternoon. The local media reports state that a renowned South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho ( The fastest person to reach the summits of the worlds 14 highest mountains without using support oxygen) is among the dead.

Reports state that the organizers signaled the alarm after losing contact with the group on October 7, for at least 24 hours. The climbers had been waiting for the weather to change to move forward with their expedition, when the storm hit them on Friday.

Mount Gurja that lies in the Annapurna region of Nepal along with Mount Dhaulagiri 7193 m (Worlds 7th Highest Peak) is the rarely climbed mountain. According to the Himalayan Database, it is the first time that expeditioners have set foot on the Gurja Mountain since 1996.

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

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