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Eight Mountaineers Killed on Mt. Gurja

Mount Gurja

Eight mountaineers, including five Korean nations and three Nepali died after an avalanche followed by snowstorm buried the base camp of Mount Gurja.

One Nepali climber is still missing and search operation is still continued.

A helicopter with the rescuers has been sent to the site on Saturday morning.

According to the District Police Office, Myagdi, the deceased Koreans have been identified as Jaehun Lee (Passport No M04612862), Chang Ho Kim (Passport No M85850032), Jin Rim (Passport No M97002378), Young Jik yoo (Passport No M54666498) and Joon Mo Jeong (Passport No M 800519211).

Koreans climbers

Similarly, deceased Nepali climbers have been identified as Tsering Bhote, 39, of Hatiya Rural Municipality-2, Lakpa Sangbu, 21, of Bhotekhola Rural Municipality-3 of Sankhuwasabha, Phurba Sherba of Sankhuwasabha and Netra Chantyal of Gurja, Dhaulagiri Rural Municipality-1, Myagdi.

Mt. Gurja was first scaled in 2008. This week, two teams from Korea, Canada, France and Switzerland have left for the base camp to scale the Gurja and West Gurja. Korean team was trying to scale the Mount Gurja (7193m) from the southern side.

mt. gurja
Mt. Gurja from the Dharapani village of Myagdi district.

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