Chinese Climber Presumed Dead on Makalu

Fell while descending from summit

A Chinese climber is missing and presumed dead after suffering a fall while descending from the summit of Makalu, the world's fifth-highest peak. According to Explorersweb, Xiangliang Liu was climbing with an international expedition organized by Seven Summits when he plunged down a snow-covered face off the mountain's Northwest Ridge Standard route.

Seven Summits owner Mingma Sherpa told Agence France-Presse that four Sherpas had searched for Liu on Wednesday and Thursday, and that his company had asked for a helicopter to search for the 46-year-old mountaineer when that proved unsuccessful.

"A week has passed now and the chances of his survival are very slim," Mingma Sherpa said.

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