Nine dead on Nepal’s Mt. Gurja after snowstorm, officials say

( CNN) A renowned South Korean climber was among nine beings killed when a ferocious snowstorm reached their clique on Nepal’s Mount Gurja, according to officials.

A rescue helicopter was completed at about 7:15 a.m. Sunday, and by 9:40 a.m. all nine mass were found, the ministry said. Some mass had been located Saturday.

The nine-person team had been missing since Friday, when officials lost contact with the climbers. It was not clear how significant progress they’d made up the 7,193 -meter( 23,600 -foot) Himalayan peak. No climber has summited the mountain, which is far less popular than Mt. Everest, in 22 years.

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