My husband David and I are travelling to Nepal in September to see if we can find any trace of our son, Gareth. Gareth should have returned home to England on 20/3/04 but we have heard nothing from him. The last confirmed sighting was 8th March as he left Chukhung.
If any one was in the Sagamatha National park during February and March and may have seen Gareth then we would love to hear from you. If you would like to see how Gareth was dressed then you could log onto the website that his brother has put together. www.garethkochlostinnepal.co.uk
We have met Bimal, who is to be our guide and he is going to do all that he can to help us. But, any help or guidance from seasoned travellers (which we are not!!) will be very helpful.
Thank you for taking time to read this. Any information you may have, no matter how small, will be gratefully received.
I'm sure that I speak for everyone here when I say how saddened I am to read this story. I can only imagine the worry that you must be feeling.
I have viewed the website, and have forwarded it to some of my travelling friends for them to view and pass on to others.
The very, very best of luck on your trip to Nepal.
I too wanted to wish you good luck. I was in Nepal when your son disappeared, but not in the national park. Pictures of him were everywhere in Kathmandu, and they have talked about him in the medias as well.
With a good guide, it will certainly help you find your son. My heart is with you !
My best wishes are with you in your search. I can only imagine how you are feeling at present.
In practical terms, I can offer a little advice. I went to Nepal 4 years ago, so I know it will be cold (obvious really) if you go high. So take plenty of warm stuff and good boots.
Search-wise, be heartened by the fact that the Nepalese are basically very friendly people and will help you with a smile as much as they possibly can. If you've never been to Asia before, remember that the people are sometimes so friendly that they don't like to say 'No', so a 'Yes' can sometimes mean 'No', or 'I don't know'. Get clarification of any answers you get before you follow any false leads.
In the national park, the Sherpa people are the ones to talk to as well. They know the land better than anyone and are even more friendly.
I know all travellers wish you good luck in your search.