Family’s fear for missing Sheffield trekker

Zisimos Souflas
Zisimos Souflas
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THe family of a Sheffield man who vanished while on a solo trek in Nepal have spoken of their fear that they may never see him alive again.

Zisimos Souflas, aged 27, from Woodseats, disappeared in a small town popular with hikers four months ago, after travelling to Nepal for a friends’ wedding and to carry out voluntary work.

The former pupil at All Saints Catholic High School in Sheffield city centre was last seen at a hotel where climbers usually start their walk to the base camp of Mount Everest.

His family reported him missing when he failed to board his flight back home to Manchester Airport on Tuesday, May 15 - and despite searches, no trace of him has been found.

Sophie Souflas, Zisimos’ sister, said: “I think I have to honestly say, with it being four months, I don’t think I will speak to him again.

“The family is more concentrating on closure and find out exactly what’s happened.”

Zisimos stayed at Hotel Tibet in Namche Bazaar on Tuesday, April 24, but never returned for his belongings.

He then withdrew 35,000 Nepalese rupees - worth £250 - from his bank account three days later.

Sophie said her brother is a ‘very adventurous person’.

She said: “He did like travelling, but he was also responsible. He really was good at keeping in touch.

“There’s a possibility he might have slipped on a path, because the area is so vast. He might have slipped unnoticed.”

A Facebook group has been set up to appeal for information about Zisimos’ whereabouts.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “Consular staff at the British Embassy in Kathmandu are in close contact with the Nepalese authorities who continue to investigate the disappearance.

“The family are aware and are being kept fully updated on any developments. Consular assistance is being provided.”

The office has also warned trekkers not to set off alone in Nepal.

Sophie said she thought the warning was ‘a good idea’.