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South Korean missing after fall while scaling Pakistani peak

A famous South Korean climber fell into a crevasse and went missing over the weekend in bad weather after scaling another mountain peak in northern Pakistan.

Kim Hong Bin was descending after having reached the 8,047 metre high Broad Peak in Pakistan’s north Karakoram Range on Sunday, said Karrar Haidri, the secretary of the Pakistan Alpine Club.

With the summit, the 57-year-old Kim had scaled all of the world’s 14 highest summits, becoming the first person with disability to do so. In 1991, while climbing in Alaska, he suffered severe frostbite and had all his fingers amputated.

Pakistan Alpine Club secretary Karrar Haidri, left, is pictured with missing Korean climber Kim Hong Bin.
Pakistan Alpine Club secretary Karrar Haidri, left, is pictured with missing Korean climber Kim Hong Bin. (AP)
While descending from the peak with several other mountaineers on Sunday, Kim slipped and fell down the Chinese side of the mountain, according to Haidri.

“Since then no information is available about him,” the official said, adding that a search mission is being planned.

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