Wife searches for missing Iranian mountaineer’s body in Nepal

May 1st, 2009 - 4:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Kathmandu, May 1 (IANS) Six months after an Iranian doctor went missing while attempting to climb a Himalayan peak in northern Nepal, his wife has returned to the Himalayan republic in a bid to find his body.
Saed Bahaeloo Horeh, a doctor, had been part of an Iranian team attempting to summit the Tilicho, a 7135-metre high peak in northern Manang district last autumn.

He went missing Oct 28 and his companions feared he could have fallen into a crevasse.

Though a 12-member rescue team searched the slopes for six days and an army helicopter was pressed into service, the search had to be called off due to bad weather and the beginning of avalanches.

Towards the end of the search, the climbers found the missing mountaineer’s rucksack as well as his medical kit. They also found a boot and crampon which reinforced the fear that he could have fallen down and become trapped in a crevasse.

Now with summer having set in and the snow on the mountains starting to melt, the 32-year-old doctor’s wife Maryam Moeinal Ghorbael is in Nepal to try to recover her husband’s body.

The Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal said a reward of $1,000 was being offered to anyone who could help find the missing mountaineer or give clues about his whereabouts.

An imaginative medical researcher, the Iranian doctor had co-authored research on such thought-provoking issues as the boost mountaineering provided to climbers’ self-esteem and the effect of marital discord on recipients of donated kidneys.

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