Avalanche kills 9 climbers on Mount Gurja in Nepal

Mount Gurja in Nepal's Dhaulagiri range

Wangchu Sherpa, managing director of Trekking Camp Nepal, who organised the expedition, said: "After they (the climbers) were out of contact since yesterday we sent people from the village and a helicopter to search for them'".

Rescuers have 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.

Local media report that South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho, the fastest person to summit the world's 14 highest mountains without using supplemental oxygen, is among the dead.

Yu was reportedly in charge of the team's climbing equipment, and Im was a filmmaker who had specialized in documentaries on mountain climbers.

While the climb was arduous on its own - rife with glacial ice and loose rock, according to GlacierHub - the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation commended Kim's team for making the climb without leaving a trace, including gear and waste. "Nine climbers were taken forever by a snow storm but their bravery and tireless spirit demonstrated by their attempt to find a new route will not be buried with them", Moon's statement said.

It was the deadliest climbing disaster in Nepal since 2015 when 19 people were killed at Mount Everest base camp by an avalanche triggered by an quake that devastated the country.

Agence France-Presse reporter Ammu Kannampilly (2R), and Nepalese guide Pasang Sherpa (R) stand on a ridge over a valley leading north into the Khumbu region as they try to get a clear view of Mt. Everest on April 18, 2015. Kim achieved his feat in 2013.

Relatives and friends broke down in tears as the bodies were carried out from the choppers after they landed outside a hospital in Kathmandu.

A helicopter rescue team spotted all the bodies amid the wreckage of the camp on Saturday morning but strong winds hampered the effort to retrieve the bodies.

They were issued permit to climb the peak during the autumn climbing season.

Mount Gurja sits in Nepal's Annapurna region and is rarely climbed because of the unsafe conditions.

"We notified the family members of the dead climbers that it's hard to go to Nepal", the official said.

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