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Body of Japanese climber found in Nepal

world Updated: Oct 13, 2010 13:37 IST
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The body of a Japanese climber who went missing with his guide and two other climbers on a mountain in Nepal last month has been found, the organiser of the expedition said on Wednesday.

The four were part of an expedition trying to climb Dhaulagiri, considered one of the most difficult and dangerous mountains in the world, when an avalanche struck two weeks ago.

"The body of Daisuke Honda was found yesterday on Tuesday at about 5,100 metres (16,700 feet)," said expedition organiser Bijay Sharma.

Sharma said the two surviving Japanese and four sherpas were scouring the 8,167-metre Himalayan peak, the seventh highest in the world for their fellow climbers and their Nepalese guide.

Nepal is home to eight of the world's 14 peaks over 8,000 metres, including the world's highest, Mount Everest, and attracts hundreds of mountaineers every year.

Most come in the spring, when conditions are at their best, but there is also a short climbing season in late September and October after the monsoon rains end.