Nepal snowstorm kills 5 South Korean and 4 Nepalese climbers in Himalayas

Mount Gurja in Nepal's Dhaulagiri range

Kim is believed to be among the dead, officials said.

A group of five South Korean climbers and four Nepali climbers and porters has been reported missing after a storm hit a camp on a Himalayan peak in west Nepal, officials said on Saturday.

The remote area is hard to reach by foot, he said, and locals are still looking for two other climbers who are missing after the overnight storm.

A rescue helicopter at the scene confirmed seeing eight bodies in the ruins of the camp, but was unable to stay due to bad weather conditions.

The bodies of eight climbers - four South Koreans and four Nepali guides - were spotted near the wreckage of their camp by a rescue team Saturday morning, but strong winds were hampering the search effort. Then in October, a freak blizzard killed more than 40 tourists and their guides in the Annapurna region, a disaster that was largely blamed on poor weather forecasting and lacklustre safety standards in Nepal's poorly regulated trekking industry.

A police team was also heading toward the base camp on foot but would likely reach there on Sunday.

The violent snowstorm buried the climbers at the base camp at an altitude of 3,500 metres near the south face of Mount Dhaulagiri in western Nepal on Friday evening, said Wangchu Sherpa, the Managing Director at Trekking Camp Nepal.

The climbers were attempting to scale the 7193-metre peak during the Autumn climbing season.

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