Zisimos Souflas Missing in Nepal

ZISIMOS SOUFLAS is a UK citizen who has been missing since April 23rd 2012, the date he was last seen in Namche Bazaar, Nepal. He stayed at the Hotel Tibet in Namche Bazaar on the night of the 23rd April, and is thought to have left there on the 24th April to go to Everest Base Camp or do his acclimatisation day. He has not been seen since.

Prior to this he left Kathmandu on the 18th April. He took a bus to Jiri, and walked from there to Namche Bazaar, checking in to the Sagarmatha National Park on 23rd April.

If you have any information, please contact:

South Yorkshire Police; Missing Person: reference KX/2863/2012.
0114 2202020 if you are calling us from abroad add (+0044)

Sophie Souflas – email sophie_souflas@hotmail.com with the subject title ‘Zisimos Souflas’

14 thoughts on “Zisimos Souflas Missing in Nepal

  1. Hi Sophie :

    My name is Cat , I lived in Nepal on 2013 for 5 months , in
    Pokhara especifically , I heard about your case from a French friend of mine there . haven’t been to pokhara since November 2013 . I love pokhara Nepal and their people , and had really lovely time there , but unfortunately have to tell you that behind many smiles , there’s lots of corruption and agresivnes covered by it . I had 4 friends of mine that got into jail for no reason , and it became a nightmare for us and the family to be able to take them out , they where asking for stupid things like life sentence or 25 years . All I can tell you is that in my experience in Nepal and other Asian , countries I’ ve been living in , is that unfortunately everything gets solved with money in most cases , maybe if you offer some rescue or money you will get some kind of information , I imagine fake and certain , cause that is how the country works . Cause Nepali authorities , don’ t really give a shit ( sorry for my language ) about foreigners. I siting their country they just want their money for the trekking permission but never make any real effort on finding them . maybe it’s better you spend some time there , meet people , get someone to translate for you. And offer some money to the right people , maybe it’s the only way you will get some help from their side .
    You have to understand that Nepal doesn’t work like western countries. In the legal sense and in all senses , most people there is struggling to survive. Or make some money out of opportunities from foreigners , there was not even a constitution when I was living there , so there are no real rights for anyone , cause of my friends case I saw lots of things I would rather not talk About , and things that I heard Nd experience there , like many girls that go trekking alone in the mountains with the Nepali guide ” friend” and get rapef by them in the mountains , or many very agresive incidents , fights and murders that stay with the authorities making stupid moves or not much .
    My intention is not to alarm you , I’m always hoping for the best , that maybe he felt in love and is with someone enjoying the mountains .
    But just want to give you a screening of what I experienced the country is in it’s depth , beyond the surface .
    Don’t miss understand me I have many lovely Nepali friends and my experience was great .
    But things don’t work the same everywhere .
    Maybe it would be good for you to spend more than a month there , maybe it will be longer that what you speck it to be , you should prepare for that. And think that the longer you stay there the more you will understand the people , the culture and maybe find some answers .
    People love gossiping in villages like anywhere else in the world , so you could get answers maybe if you have someone that either speak Nepali or Tibetan .
    The world works in a different time line there , never forget that .
    On the holistic sence , maybe you could contact a medium ,that could canalized certain messages that maybe he wants to give to you .
    You can ask him in dreams too .
    Just giving you some ideas , and trying to help how I can .
    But the most important thing never lose hope or faithhhh .
    Sending all the love light and strength
    Lots of hugs
    Cat

  2. Dear Sophie,
    I am the mother of Debbie Maveau. Today I saw on facebook that a 23 year old man from Perth Australia has been missing in the Anapurna region. The same story of your brother and my daughter, he also didn’t arrived at the airport It is 3 weeks ago his family last heard of him. In Belgium cases like that they don’t show it on the televsion. We think of you and hope for the best

    • Hi Rita,

      I’m sorry for the late reply, I have just personally taken over the website so will be be notified by comments now so that I can reply immediately.

      I have just read about Matt Allpress (the 23 year old Australian), it really is an almost identical story.

      Will you be meeting up with the family in April with Connie Sacco perhaps? As I understand that Annapurna is the region with which you are all concerned.

      Best wishes to you and your family,

      Sophie

      • Hi Sophie,
        It is almost certain that my partner, the stepfather of Debbie will go to Nepal, the region where Aubrey dissapeared and and my daughter found dead is the Lang-Tang area (direction Tibet). The parents meet in Kathmandou and is possible that your mother and brother will join them also?
        Hearing all those stories about missing backpackers in Nepal for us it is a miracle that we have found Debbie. Even how sad our story is we were able to take her home and burried her where she belongs, there isn’t a day I do not think of your beloved one,so hard not to have any news. We faced this about one week and is was so unreal the hope and despair you feel. I admire your courage and hopefully the cooperatian lead to results.Sorry that my spelling isn’t allways correct I’m not used to write in english

        A warm hug to you and your family

        • Hi Rita,

          Thank you for letting me know. I spoke to my mother today and she says she will be flying to Nepal next Friday (the 18th April) and hopes to return on 29th April I believe. She said she has arranged to meet up with Connie Sacco – will you be there too?

          It is almost a miracle that you found Debbie but the fact that any of us have to face theses situations.

          The best thing is that we’re all in touch with each other and there to support each other. That’s the most important thing.

          Best wishes,

          Sophie

          • Hello Sophie,

            Rudy will arrive in Kathmandu on April 22th and will return on April 28th he will meet the Sacco’s and your mother and I believe also the parents of Matthew Allpress. It is good to join together we want to support you and we have still a lot of questions about Debbie’s death I am glad that Rudy will meet everyone. I hope it really makes a difference for all of us and other parents who also suffer the missing of their child.
            Take care

  3. Dear Andy,

    Sorry for the late reply, as you can imagine a lot has been going on, although there is still no news.

    We can certainly recognise Zisimos’ handwriting – we found his entry at the checkpoint for Sagarmatha National Park. If I’m correct, I believe Zisimos entered the National Park on 23rd April and so I guess that means that 24th April would have been his acclimatisation day. I’ll get in touch with my mother who’s running everything and ask her thoughts on checking the tea shops.

    We checked the entries recorded at the entrance to the National Park, but unfortunately, because we only realised Zisimos was missing on 15th May (because he didn’t return on his flight home) the people with entries in the book were long gone.

    All the best,

    Sophie

    • Hi Sophie,

      sorry to hear that there is still no news. I wish there was something I could to help. I am heading back to that route early next year – a long way ahead I know – if there was anything could help you with I’d be happy to do it. I’m sure these questions have been asked but if I may..
      1. Did Zisimos take his stuff with him or was there something left at the lodge? If he left things it would suggest he went for a acclimatisation day walk intending to return to the lodge that evening. This is normal practice when reaching Namche.

      2. Did he take money from the cash point in Namche? It is the last place to get cash on the route.

      3. I believe it would be possible to follow his trail by checking for hand writing in the tea house menu books and the lodges further up.

      Forgive me if these leads have been investigated already. I hope you have some news soon.

      Andy

      • Hi Andy,

        Again I apologise for the delay, I have now taken over the website so will be immediately notified of comments and posts.

        Are you heading to Nepal soon or are you already there perhaps? We are planning a new search to start in April.

        1) From what I can remember (I can double check everything he left if you would like) he took with him his passport, money and his hiking gear. He left behind his camera, phone, wallet etc which were left with Hotel Tibet to be picked up when he returned.

        2) He did take money out, again I would have to double check the dates but I believe it was around the 17th April 2012 (a week before he went missing) and he took out the equivalent to £350 (GBP)

        3) With regards to the tea houses, I have mentioned this to those involved directly in the search but do not know anything further on this, I will chase this up.

        It’s absolutely no problem to receive your suggestions, your (and anyone’s) interest in Zisimos’ disappearance means a lot to us.

        Hope you’re well.

        Sophie

  4. Dear friends of Zisimos, I accidentally read about your search while planning another trip to Nepal – I’ve been in that area twice and walked the same route in 1998 and 2009. I have always been extra-cautious while trekking because I have 3 kids and wanted to return safe and sound from my trips. I never felt that the Solu Khumbu area was in any way insecure or dangerous per se – in fact, the amount of human traffic there increased dramatically between 1998 and 2009, it is almost impossible to walk longer than 30 minutes without meeting another human being now if you stick to the well-trodden paths. The only real hazard there, in my opinion, is the high altitude or rather the incorrect handling of it. When I look at your friend’s/relative’s schedule it seems that he saw this trek also as a physical challenge – the pictures on this website show that he is an extraordinarily fit guy. If he took a bus to Jiri on the 18th his first day of trekking was probably the 19th because the bus ride takes about a day. Arriving in Namche (about 3500 m altitude) after 5 days is not a minor achievement! In fact, not many non-Sherpas can accomplish this unless they are accustomed to extended trekking in the mountains. Setting out the next morning to even higher altitude (it is only ‘up’ from Namche, you can reach altitudes of 4200 m and more within a few hours) without returning to lower altitudes the same day is a little risky – all trekking guides recommend staying in Namche at least 2 nights for acclimatization. Again: what Zisimos did (assuming that the timeline is correct) is pretty impressive in terms of walking performance, but also not recommended if you are not acclimatized. Was he in a rush to get to the Everest Base Camp and back as soon as possible?

    I really hope for you that this whole story will come to a good end – good luck to you!!

    Michael from Germany

    • Hi Michael,

      I understand this is a very delayed reply so please forgive me.

      Thank you for your insight into the acclimatisation around Namche etc.

      Zisimos could be considered to be in a rush perhaps, here is part of the message Zisimos sent to me on Facebook on 16th April 2014 –

      “…only problem is, the route im doing is supposed to take 32 days, but i will only have 25 before my flight home, so i’ll need to do it speedy…

      So yes it seems he was in a rush. What are your thoughts on this?

      Best wishes,

      Sophie

  5. I read about this on the BBC Website. I have completed this trek 5 times and actually stayed at the Hotel Tibet at the beginning of this year. I have a few thoughts and was wondering if they would be of any use. There is only one area where it would be possible to fall and not be seen/found and that’s the route above Namche as the path traverses across the ridge with a steep drop on the right. Was Zisimos heading higher or was he doing his acclimatisation day which is traditional on reaching Namche. he would have left his gear at the hotel if it was an acclimatisation day. Does Zisimos have distinctive handwriting? It’s standard procedure to note down in the trailside teashops what you want to order and it might be possible to trace his progress by checking the books. There are not that many on the way to Tengboche (which would be his most likely next stop). I have other information – please get back to me if you think the above might be of use. Best regards – Andy

  6. Hey John,
    Thank you for the suggestion. I have added it into the tagline, so hopefully it will make some difference. Most search engines return results on the basis of how many times the search terms appear in a page, so you’re right it should help a bit, as will your comment. :)
    Thank you,
    Nick

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