At least nine climbers including five Korean nationals were killed when a massive landslide buried the base camp of Mt Gurja (7,193 metres) at lap of the south face of Mt Dhaulagiri in western Nepal, according to the expedition organiser.
Wangchu Sherpa, Managing Director at Trekking Camp Nepal said that five Korean climbers including team leader Kim Chang-ho along with their support staff were killed in the incident last evening.
A heavy snowstorm followed by landslide buried the base camp at 3,500m when the climbers were awaiting a fair weather to head towards the high camp, Sherpa quoted the eyewitnesses as saying. Identities of others killed in the disaster have not been known yet.
A rescue helicopter was sent this morning.
Mountaineer Kim Chang-ho is the first Korean to summit the 14 peaks above 8,000m without using supplemental oxygen.
Details to follow.
– The Himalayan Times