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5 climbers feared dead on Nepal's Kangchenjunga mountain

Published on May 23, 2013 5:32 PM
 
Five climbers, including the first Hungarian to scale Mount Everest, are missing and feared dead on Nepal's treacherous Kangchenjunga mountain, tourism officials said on Thursday, May 22, 2013. -- ST FILE PHOTO: JESSICA CHEAM

KATHMANDU (AFP) - Five climbers, including the first Hungarian to scale Mount Everest, are missing and feared dead on Nepal's treacherous Kangchenjunga mountain, tourism officials said on Thursday.

The climbers - two from Hungary, two from Nepal and one from South Korea - went missing on Monday afternoon as they attempted to climb the 8,586m peak, the officials said.

"We are not sure what caused their disappearance - it could be an avalanche or a fall," Mr Dipendra Paudel, an official at Nepal's Tourism Ministry, told Agence France-Presse.

Kangchenjunga, which lies to the east of the world's tallest peak, Mount Everest, is the world's third-highest mountain and straddles Nepal's border with India.

 
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