Five South Koreans and four Nepali guides on a Himalayan climbing expedition were flung to their deaths after a huge block of ice crashed over a cliff into a narrow mountain gorge, a rescue official said on Monday. It was Nepal’s worst such disaster since 2015, when 18 climbers were killed in an avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake at the base of Mount Everest. The team attempting Mount Gurja, a 7,193m-high peak, was led by Kim Chang-ho, a veteran of the sport who had set speed records on 14 of the world’s highest mountains. The accident appeared to have happened on Thursday or Friday, said Suraj Paudyal, a rescue official with the private helicopter company that was involved in retrieving the bodies, which were scattered over a wide area in the mountains. "Some bodies were by the side of a cliff, while others lay in the ravine," said Paudyal, one of the first to arrive at the site, adding that it was reached only by dropping a 100m long line and harnesses from the helicopter...

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