Taiwan hiker rescued after 47-day Nepal ordeal, arrives home

The hiker went missing in early March while trekking in a remote area of northwestern Nepal


Reuters May 02, 2017
Taiwanese hiker Liang Sheng Yueh, who was rescued 47 days after disappearing in the foothills of the Himalayas, arrives at Taoyuan International Airport, Taiwan May 2, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Taiwan hiker Liang Sheng-yueh, who was rescued last week after being lost in Nepal for 47 days, arrived home on Tuesday.

Liang, 21, went missing with his 19-year-old girlfriend, Liu Chen-chun, in early March while trekking in the remote Ganesh Himal area of northwestern Nepal.

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Without a guide or porter, the couple lost their trail after a snowstorm and survived on snow, water and salt that they were carrying. Liu died of starvation a few days before a rescue helicopter found them last week.

Tens of thousands of foreign hikers visit Nepal every year and are a key source of income in the cash-strapped nation that is home to Mount Everest.

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