9 climbers confirmed dead in Himalayas amid snowstorm

By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
October 15, 2018, 4:12:50 AM EDT

Nine climbers were at a base camp of Mount Gurja in the Himalayas of western Nepal when a snowstorm struck on Saturday.

The team consisted of five people from South Korea and four Nepali guides, according to BBC News.

Family mourns climbers killed  - AP Images

Family members of Nepalese guides cry as bodies of those killed in Gurja Himal mountain arrive at the Teaching hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. Rescuers retrieved the bodies of five South Korean climbers and their four Nepalese guides from Gurja Himal mountain, where they were killed when their base camp was swept by a strong storm. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

The weather conditions were so severe that a rescue helicopter was unable to land at the scene.

However, rescue crews in the helicopter spotted eight bodies lying among the wreckage of their camp. The ninth climber was confirmed dead shortly after, according to the Kathmandu Post.

Among the dead were five South Korean climbers and four Nepalis.

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South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho, the fastest person to summit the world's 14 highest mountains without using supplemental oxygen, is believed to be among the dead, according to local officials.

"We assume the incident happened because of a snowstorm because trees are broken and the tents. Even the dead bodies are scattered," Thapa told AFP.

Rescue crews are hoping to return to the camp on Sunday if the weather cooperates.

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