Nepalese authorities said a storm had struck the group of climbers at the base camp of Mount Gurja, a 7,193-meter (23,599-foot) mountain in the Annapurna region.
He said: 'Everything is gone, all the tents are blown apart'. "The conditions were too icy to continue the search", pilot Siddartha Gurung told AFP.
Five South Korean climbers and four Nepalese guides who went missing due to a heavy snowstorm on a mountain in Nepal were found dead near their base camp Saturday, the Korean Embassy in Nepal said.
Kim Chang-ho, from South Korea, who is the fastest person to reach the summits of the world's 14 highest mountains without additional oxygen, is believed by local media to be among the dead. (They) fell off a cliff and died'. But several climbers also attempt to reach some of the world's highest peaks during the autumn season from September to October, despite increased risks.
Wangchu Sherpa, managing director of Trekking Camp Nepal, who organized the expedition, said they raised the alarm after they had not heard from the South Korean team for almost 24 hours.
A storm destroyed the camp of the party of five Koreans and four Nepalese, and rescue helicopters sent early Saturday were unable to land because of bad weather conditions on the mountain, police official Bir Bahadur Budamagar said.
Expedition organisers raised the alarm after losing contact with the group, who set off on 7 October, for almost 24 hours.
The previous year, 16 Sherpas were killed on Everest when an avalanche swept through the Khumbu Icefall during the busy Spring climbing season.
Nepal is home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountains, making it a major attraction for ambitious climbers.
Gurja was first summited in 1969 by a Japanese team but no one has stood on its summit for 22 years, according to the Himalayan Database.
Only 30 people have successfully climbed to its peak compared with more the than 8,000 people who have reached the summit of the world's highest mountain, Everest.