Five South Korean climbers, among them the record holder Kim Chang Ho and his four Nepalese guides They have died during a storm that has devastated their base camp in the Himalayas, as confirmed by police sources, in the worst climbing accident registered in the region during the last two years.
The corpses of the nine climbers were recovered near their base camp on Mount Gurja, a peak of 7,193 meters high located approximately 216 kilometers northwest of the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu.
"The bodies of the five Koreans and four Nepalese have already been identified", police officer Budhamagar told Reuters from the Myagdi district where the disaster occurred.
The Korean expedition was led by Chang-ho, who set the record in 2013 for being the fastest to reach the summits of the 14 highest mountains in the world without using supplemental oxygen, according to the leaders of the climb.
Nepal is home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountains, including Mount Everest, and the fall climbing season is at its peak. The income of foreign climbers is an important source of income for the nation with cash shortages.