Naoyuki Kobayashi has been searching for a missing climber for the past 25 years. Photo: Handout

Into thin air: Japanese climber’s 25-year search on holy Chinese mountain

For the past quarter century, Naoyuki Kobayashi has made an annual pilgrimage to Kang Karpo, part of the Meili Snow Mountain range in Yunnan, to find the last missing victim from one of history’s deadliest mountaineering accidents

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Naoyuki Kobayashi has been searching for a missing climber for the past 25 years. Photo: Handout
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.