A celebrated South Korean climber who lost his fingers to frostbite 30 years ago has gone missing during his descent from a mountain in Pakistan.
Kim Hong-bin had just scaled the 26,400ft (8047m) high Broad Peak in the Karakoram mountains before he is thought to have fallen into a crevasse.
The climb made the 57-year-old the first disabled person to scale all the world’s tallest mountains.
An initial search failed to locate him and a large operation is being planned.
Mr Kim, who had all his fingers amputated after suffering severe frostbite while climbing in Alaska in 1991, reached the summit of Broad Peak on Sunday as part of an expedition organised by a small group, the Korea Herald reported.
The climber is believed to have later slipped and fallen while descending the Chinese side of the mountain in poor weather, the secretary of the Pakistan Alpine Club, Karrar Haidri, said.
“Since then no information is available about him,” he added, telling the Associated Press that planned search efforts on Tuesday included help from the South Korean embassy in Islamabad.