Bodies of 2 missing South Korean trekkers recovered in Nepal

Rescuers have recovered the bodies of two South Korean trekkers who were missing since January when an avalanche buried them in Nepal’s mountains

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Rescuers on Sunday recovered the bodies of two South Korean trekkers who had been missing since an avalanche in January buried them in Nepal’s mountains, an official said.

An army helicopter flew the bodies — one male and one female — from the Annapurna Trekking Circuit to the city of Pokhara, said Nepalese army official Maj. Gen. Gokul Bhandari.

The body of one of their Nepali guides was recovered on Friday, while another was recovered a few days earlier.

An avalanche had buried a total of four South Korean trekkers and three Nepali guides in January. Rescuers spent weeks searching for the bodies, but continuing avalanches and thick layers of snow prevented them from finding them.

The warming spring weather eventually melted the snow, exposing the bodies and allowing the rescuers to recover them.

A search continues for the two trekkers and one guide who remain missing, Bhandari said.

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