a Taiwanese tourist has plunged to her death in a popular mountaineering area in northern Pakistan, officials said on Saturday (September 20).
The woman fell from a cliff in the scenic Hunza Valley on Friday (September 19) as she and a male French climber were returning from a trek to a nearby glacier.
"Yu-Ching Chang, a female tourist from Taiwan has died after falling from a cliff while returning from Patundas peak on Friday," local police official Fakhruddin Ahmed said.
COMMENT: The fatal victim's body has been retrieved from the glacier as her government is being notified of her death.
Hussain Jami, another official, said Chang's French friend had reported the accident to police in the nearby village of Passu.
Imtiaz Ali, owner of local tour operator, Hunza Holiday, said the accident took place on a particularly treacherous stretch of the mountain.
"The descending route that the tourists took is very dangerous to life and limb; even locals are particularly cautious.
One misstep could easily result in death as climbers could fall thousands of feet below.