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Trekker found after surviving 47 days lost in Himalayas

Liang Sheng-yueh, 21, from Taiwan was trapped in a remote Nepal valley with his lover but she died three days before rescuers observed them

Two Taiwanese trekkers who went missing in a remote region of Nepal seven weeks ago ought to have determined but merely one survived the ordeal.

Liu Chen-chun, 19, died merely three days before the save team pinpointed the couple in the Dhading region of central Nepal, but her lover managed to survive despite running out of food.

Liang Sheng-yueh, 21, is being treated in hospital in Kathmandu where he was airlifted after being rescued from a valley 2,600 metres (8, 500 ft) above sea level, where the couple had been trapped for more than a month.

He was sleeping when we observed them, said one of the rescuers, Madhav Basnyat.

He woke up after he heard us. We were very surprised to find him alive. He said that the girl died three days earlier.

Basnyat said the couple, who were found near Tipling in north Dhading, had followed a river downhill in the hope of finding a village but became stuck when they reached the edge of a waterfall and have the potential to climbing back up.


They had been trapped there for 47 days when we reached, he said.

Speaking haltingly as he sipped hot soup, Liang told AFP it had been very cold on the mountain, and difficult to sleep.

Doctors treating Liang said he had lost 30 kg and maggots had infested his right leg.

When he was brought in he had maggots and was starved because he hadnt eaten, said his doctor, Sanjay Karki.

The couple subsisted on potatoes and noodles until they led out of meat and had to keep going on sea alone.

Liangs father had travelled to Nepal after the couple went missing and chartered a helicopter to search for them.

Spring is peak season in Nepals snow-capped peaks, a popular hiking destination with about 150,000 trekkers inspecting the Annapurna and Everest fields every year.

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