Family of missing Sheffield trekker ‘living in limbo’ on third anniversary of his disappearance

Zisimos Souflas, a 29-year old British citizen, from Sheffield, who was last seen two years ago, on 23rd April 2012 in Namche Bazaar, Nepal.
Zisimos Souflas, a 29-year old British citizen, from Sheffield, who was last seen two years ago, on 23rd April 2012 in Namche Bazaar, Nepal.
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The mother of a Sheffield man who vanished while on a solo trek in Nepal has spoken of her heartbreak on the third anniversary of his disappearance.

Zisimos Souflas, aged 30, disappeared three years ago after leaving his hotel, either to trek to Everest Base Camp or to complete an acclimatisation day before the 16,900ft ascent he was planning.

He failed to return home on the flight he was booked onto and, despite widespread searches involving the Nepalese army and sherpas, he has not been seen since.

His mum Pauline Souflas, from Woodseats, said the family are still ‘living in limbo’ and are no closer to finding out what happened to Zisimos, a former student at All Saints High School on Granville Road.

She said: “The sherpas who worked for us before are still out there on Everest.

“They have quite a network and know what it going on and there has been nothing.

“I have been in touch with the police again to send us the report, which they still haven’t done after three years.”

There are several theories about what happened to Zisimos. He may have fallen ill while trekking if he did not complete the acclimatisation needed before climbing at high altitude. Another theory is he may have joined a Buddhist retreat.

Pauline added: “We are still living in limbo. We are no nearer to knowing what happened.

“That is the difficulty with this kind of situation – we have to live knowing there might be a reasonable somewhere, but it may only be found out in time.”