Missing Taiwanese trekker found after six weeks


Liang Sheng-yue and his girlfriend Liu Chen-chun. (File Photo)

A Taiwanese trekker, who went missing about six weeks ago in Ruby Valley in the Ganesh Himal region of the Nepal Himalayas, was rescued on Wednesday.

But his girlfriend, also a Taiwanese, was not lucky.  She died three days ago, according to Liang Sheng-yue, 21, who is receiving treatment at Kathmandu’s Grande Hospital.

Liang told rescue workers that he and his 19-year-old girlfriend, Liu Chen-chun, got lost on March 9 and fell off into a gorge while negotiating through snow-filled trekking trail. He told rescue workers that they survived for weeks by drinking water from a stream, and eating snow and salt which they were carrying.

The couple had not hired a trekking support staff of taken assistance of any local trekking agency.

Rescue workers had to abseil down a 200-meter rope into the gorge to pull Liang out before flying him to Kathmandu.

The itinerary sent by the family of the victims show that the couple had planned to return to Kathmandu on March 30.

Liang his receiving treatment at Grande Hospital, while the deceased’s body has been kept at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital for post-mortem. As Ruby Valley is one of the newly explored trekking trails in the Ganesh Himal region, the trail is less crowded and also has basic facilities.

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