Malaysian Climber Missing on Annapurna

Wui Kin Chin on the summit of Denali in 2017. Photo: Wiu Kin Chin

Malyasian climber Wui Kin Chin is currently missing on Annapurna. The 49-year old anaesthesiologist disappeared during his descent from the 8,091m summit on April 23. At the time, he was part of a team of 13 climbers, guided by Barobian Michel Christian of France.

Mingma Sherpa, the chairman of Seven Summit Treks, said that Kin Chin was one of 32 climbers to stand on the summit that day, reaching the top at 16:10 local time.

Sherpa suggests insurance bureaucracy has delayed the search for Kin Chin, and that a helicopter search will begin April 25: “It’s highly impossible to carry out a search on foot above Camp 4 on Annapurna…If weather allows, we will conduct an aerial search tomorrow morning.”

Kin Chin is a relatively experienced mountaineer, who completed the Seven Summits by climbing Everest last spring.

Wui Kin Chin (left) on the summit of Everest in May 2018. He was carrying the Chinese flag for an injured friend. Photo: Wiu Kin Chin

The last message Kin Chin left on social media on April 21 reads: “Reached Camp 3 at 16:00, after 9.5 hours climb. It was scary at the ice cliff, [and] I am glad to make it up to Camp 3. The heavy snow has set in.”

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Craig Quigley
Craig Quigley
1 year ago

Rescue team have spotted him. Hoping to bring him down, but obviously very difficult.

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