climber Kim Chang-ho in 2013 <Photo: Yonhap News>
A risky operation to retrieve the bodies of a Korean expedition team who were found dead on a Himalayan mountain in Nepal is expected to begin as early as today.
The Korean Embassy in Nepal says rescuers will make their attempt this morning depending on weather, which is hampering the operation.
A rescue worker would have to go down a rope from a helicopter to recover the bodies.
The bodies of five Korean climbers, including leader Kim Chang-ho, and four Nepalese guides were found yesterday near their base camp located at an altitude of 3,500 meters on Mt. Gurja in western Nepal.
They are believed to have died after strong winds swept them down a steep slope.
The base camp was found destroyed by the snowstorm.
Korea's Foreign Ministry is providing consular assistance to the bereaved families of the victims.■
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