• An Nguyen

Hikers found in Nepal after going missing for 7 weeks

Two Taiwanese hikers have been found after going missing in Nepal for almost seven weeks. One of the hikers had died three days before help arrived.

Liang Sheng-yue was found conscious with the remains of his partner, Liu Chen-chun. Madhav Basnet, an official at Kathmandu-based Asian Trekking, told CNN that Liang and Liu were hiking around the remote Ganesh Himal route in Dhading district, west of the Nepali capital Kathmandu.

Sheng-yeu and Chen-chun had arrived in Nepal in late February to go hiking in the Tamang mountain region. Their families had lost contact with them in March. A search party was launched, but it was temporarily suspended due to bad weather.

According to CNN.com, for the first week the couple had survived on the packed food they were carrying. After that they had survived by eating salt and melted snow. Liang lost 66 pounds during the period.

Chakra Raj Pandey, medical director at Grande International Hospital, Kathmandu, told CNN that Liang didn't have any physical injuries but "was not very stable psychologically."