At least eight members of a mountain climbing expedition were killed Saturday after a major snowstorm struck Nepal's Mount Gurja. A ninth climber from the group remains missing.
Rescue and retrieval operations are stalled as harsh weather conditions continue to make the camp where the climbers died inaccessible to helicopter crews. However, villagers in the area have been able to collect six bodies from the mountainside.
South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho is reportedly among those dead. Kim held the world record for speed in summiting the globe's 14 highest peaks without using supplemental oxygen.
Mount Gurja, located northwest of Mount Everest, is considerably less popular with climbers. Just 30 people have reached its summit, and none have successfully summited in more than two decades. Bonnie Kristian