Body of Japanese climber recovered in Nepal

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Posted: Oct 13, 2010 6:22 AM
Body of Japanese climber recovered in Nepal

Rescuers have recovered the body of a Japanese man whose climbing party was swept away by an avalanche while attempting to scale Mount Dhaulagiri in central Nepal, officials said Wednesday.

Japanese rescuers accompanied by Nepalese guides were able to dig the body of Daisuke Honda, 32, out of the snow on Tuesday, said Baburam Bhandari, chief of Nepal's mountaineering department.

Two other Japanese climbers and a Sherpa guide also caught in the Sept. 28 avalanche have still not been found, though the search continues.

Dhaulagiri at 26,790 feet (8,167 meters) is the seventh highest mountain in the world.

The autumn mountaineering season began earlier this month. Most climbers prefer the spring season because of warmer, more predictable weather, and snow that is packed from the winter months.