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Five climbers feared dead on Nepal mountainside

KATHMANDU, Nepal, May 25 (UPI) -- Officials in Nepal said five missing mountain climbers were likely killed by an avalanche on Mount Kanchenjunga earlier this week.

The Nepal tourism ministry said the group went missing while descending the mountain and included climbers from Nepal, Hungary and South Korea.

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"All our efforts to trace them have failed," Mingma Sherpa, the organizer of the expedition, told the BBC. "The weather is bad and we've run out of resources to recover their bodies."

Kanchenjunga is the third-highest mountain in the world at 28,169 feet. The BBC said it is considered to be a technically challenging climb complicated by frequent blizzards and avalanches.

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