5 climbers missing on world's 3rd highest mountain

Associated Press

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepalese official says five climbers are missing and feared dead on the world's third highest mountain.

Bad weather on Mount Kanchenjunga was hampering a search and preventing a rescue helicopter from reaching the base camp.

Mountaineering Department official Dipendra Poudel said Friday the climbers were descending from the summit when they were believed to have slipped at 7,900 meters (25,900 feet) altitude.

Two climbers are Hungarian, two are Nepalese and another is Korean.

Kanchenjunga is 8,586 meters (28,162 feet) high.