Missing Taiwanese trekker found alive after more than a month in Himalayas three days after girlfriend dies

Associated Press
Liang was found alive despite being missing for over six weeks - EPA

Trekking officials in Nepal have a rescued a Taiwanese man who was missing on a mountain for 47 days, but his girlfriend had died just three days before they were discovered.

Asian Trekking agency official Madhav Basnet said 21-year-old Liang Sheng-yueh was found Wednesday on the ledge of a waterfall and was flown by helicopter to a hospital in the capital, Kathmandu.

He said the body of his girlfriend, 19-year-old Liu Chen-chun, was also taken to the capital.

A doctor at Grande Hospital in Kathmadu, Ajay Singh Thapa, said the rescued man was in good health with no major injuries, and that it appeared he had survived on water and salt for most of the time. 

The students had been hiking in Nepal despite heavy snowfall Credit: AP Photo/Hans Edinger

According to Basnet, they appeared to have followed a river hoping to find a village but slipped and fell over a waterfall. They landed on the ledge and were unable to climb up or down. The area is an altitude of 2,600 meters (8,520 feet).

Basnet said the weather improved a few days after the snowstorm, but the temperature was unclear.

They had no guides or porters and were carrying their own food, tent and sleeping bags.

"He appears exhausted and lost some 30 kilograms of body weight," said Ajay Singh Thapa, a doctor at the Grande Hospital. "He was suffering from severe malnutrition. His foot was covered with maggots and hair full of lice. Despite having to live like that for 47 days, he appears to be mostly normal."

Before going missing, the pair were in contact with their families on 3 March. Liang and Liu failed to call again as scheduled on 10 March, and five days later family members asked for help to find them.

The hikers were supposed to meet up with some Taiwanese friends in Langtang Village, and possible routes leading to that location were scoured.

The Taipei Times reported that police hired three guides to find the National Dong Hwa University students, but heavy snowfall and occasional avalanches hindered their progress.

The MissingTrekker website reported that according to some of the couple’s Facebook posts they were experiencing some difficulties prior to their trek with missing luggage and arguments between each other over “trival matters”. Liu is reported to have written “I wish I had never ended up here”.

 

RegisterLog incommenting policy

By using Yahoo you agree that Yahoo and partners may use Cookies for personalisation and other purposes