Nepal storm kills several climbers in Himalayas

Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest mountain in the world

"Going by the colour of their skin four bodies must be of Korean climbers, while two are Nepalese [guides]", Mr Budhamagar said.

A helicopter reached the site about 100 kilometres northwest of Kathmandu and managed to land just above the team's camp, but personnel were unable to retrieve any of the bodies.

At least nine climbers were killed when an avalanche destroyed their base camp on Mount Gurja Himal in Nepal, their expedition organiser said on Saturday.

The embassy said the remaining Korean sent a Nepalese guide to the camp as the climbers did not return on Friday as planned and found the base camp in tatters.

"Everything is gone, all the tents are blown apart". (They) fell off a cliff and died'.

Sherpa added that an alarm was raised after 24 hours elapsed without contact from the group.

It was the deadliest Himalayan accident since 19 people were killed at the base camp of Everest in 2015, after an avalanche set off by a devastating natural disaster.

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A police team heading toward the base camp on foot is unlikely to reach the site until Sunday.

"It is hard to collect the bodies with the small helicopter that we spotted them with", a ministry official said.

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

Feted South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho, who in 2013 became the fastest person to summit the world's 14 highest mountains without using supplemental oxygen, was leading the expedition, according to a government-issued climbing permit seen by AFP. The highest peak in the range is the Dhaulagiri I, the seventh highest mountain in the world at 26,795 feet above sea level.

According to the Himalayan Database, no one has successfully climbed it in more than 20 years.

Friday's storm was the deadliest incident in Nepal's mountaineering industry since 18 people were killed at Mount Everest base camp in 2015 in an avalanche triggered by a powerful natural disaster.

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