Trekker Liang Sheng-yueh rescued alive stranded in the Himalayas Nepal
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Originally published on April 28th, 2017.

Taiwanese hiker Liang Sheng-yueh had been missing on a mountain in Nepal for 47 days before rescuers were able to locate him, the Associated Press reported.

The 21-year-old was on a trekking trip with his girlfriend, Liu-Chen-chun, in early March on the remote Ganesh Himal trail when they were caught in a snowstorm. Lui-Chen-chun died three days before rescuers located them.

A trekking agency official told the AP that they spotted Liang Sheng-yueh on a ledge underneath of a waterfall in the area. The hikers appeared to have followed a river in search of a village, but ended up slipping and falling over the waterfall, leading them to a ledge where they were unable to climb in either direction.

The two had been carrying food, a tent, and sleeping bags, and were able to survive on the food they had with them for the first two weeks. After that ran out, they only had salt and water.

Liang Sheng-yueh, who has been recovering in a hospital at the capital of Kathmandu after being transferred by helicopter, has started walking gain, a medical director at the hospital told Reuters. When he first arrived, he was disheveled and had been dealing with maggots on his feet and lice in his hair.

“I feel very happy now,” he told reporters as he cut a birthday cake in the hospital.

The two had been traveling without any local guides or porters, but rescuers were able to spot the man’s red tent during their search.