SKorean climbers and 4 Nepalese guides missing in storm

Five South Korean climbers and their four Nepalese guides were found dead on Saturday. after a snowstorm in the Himalayas.

The eight were killed in the snowstorm, police said.

The South Korean embassy in Nepal said Sunday that all nine bodies were transported to a nearby village. after a mission that began early in the morning.

The climbers had been waiting for a window of good weather so they could reach the summit, when the storm hit Friday.

A team that reached the site at 3 500 metres above sea level found seven bodies, Bir Bahadur Budha, deputy superintendent of police in Myagdi district, said.

A second helicopter along with a team of rescue specialists and villagers were also involved in the mission, which has been hampered by strong winds as well as the camp's remoteness in the Dhaulagiri mountain range of Nepal's Annapurna region.

It must be a bad snowstorm as the climbers' bodies, tents and food items were scattered in cliffs all around-up to 200 meters from the camp that was set atop a hill.

The Himalayan Times reported a landslide on the south face of Mt Dhaulagiri in western Nepal buried the climbers, according to the expedition organiser Wangchu Sherpa, managing director at Trekking Camp Nepal.

A rescue helicopter sent to the site was unable to land because of poor visibility but the pilot was able to see the area had been devastated.

The previous year, 16 Sherpas were killed on Everest when an avalanche swept through the Khumbu Icefall.

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

The permit listed four South Korean climbers, but a fifth member had joined the team later, according to Suresh Dakal of Trekking Camp Nepal.

Rarely-climbed Gurja was first summited in 1969 by a Japanese team but no one has stood on its summit for 22 years, according to the Himalayan Database.

A total of 30 people have successfully reached its peak - a fraction of the more than 8,000 people who have summited Everest, the world's highest mountain.