Nepal: Five climbers missing, feared dead at Mount Kanchenjunga – 240513 1420z

A Nepalese official says five climbers are missing and feared dead on the world’s third highest mountain.

The five disappeared Monday on Mount Kanchenjunga, and bad weather was preventing a rescue helicopter from reaching the base camp. Mountaineering Department official Dipendra Poudel said Friday the climbers were descending from the summit when they were believed to have slipped at 7,900 meters (25,900 feet) altitude.

Two climbers are Hungarian, two are Nepalese and another is Korean. Kanchenjunga is 8,586 meters (28,162 feet) high.
Friday, 24 May, 2013 at 06:26 (06:26 AM) UTC RSOE

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Five climbers missing, feared dead at Nepals Mount Kanchenjunga

“Five climbers on Nepals Mount Kanchenjunga, the worlds third-highest peak, went missing earlier in the week and are now believed to be dead, a mountaineering chief said on Friday.

Two of the climbers were from Hungary, one from South Korea, and the other two, guides from Nepal, The Associated Press reported. They went missing on Monday during their descent. Poor weather conditions kept search teams from launching an immediate rescue mission and sending in a helicopter, AP said.

The five likely slipped during their descent, said Mountaineering Department spokeswoman Dipendra Poudel, in the AP report. They could have been nearly 26,000 feet up, she added.

The Hungarians were Zsolt Eross, 45, and Peter Kiss, 27, AP reported. The South Korean was Namsoo Park, 47, and the two guides: Phu Dorjee, 24, and Bibash Gurung, 25.

Mount Kanchenjunga is 28,162 feet high.” – washingtontimes.com

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