•      Thu Jun 13 2024

Foreign tourist goes missing from Mardi trekking trail

Annapurna trail

Pokhara, Dec 31: A foreign tourist who went hiking in Mardi trekking trail of Machapuchhre rural municipality has been out of contact. Swedish national Michael Leo Lomberg has been missing since last Saturday morning. Police have begun searching him, according to the District Police Office, Kaski.

According to DSP Shrawan Kumar BK, the 20-year-old Swedish youth left the hotel at around 4:00 am for the base camp of Mardi peak along the trekking trail.

The Swedish national, who was trekking alone, had registered his name in the tourist information centre at Machhapuchhre rural municipality in the low camp of the trekking trail last Friday, police added.

“We sent a team of policepersons from ward police office to search for the missing foreigner after we were notified about his missing. The police however have not reached the spot from where he went missing. The team continues searching him once it reaches there,” said DSP BK.

It is four-hour trekking to reach base camp of the mountain from the high camp.

The tourist entrepreneurs and locals are also searching for the missing one since Sunday morning but to no avail, said Ram Gurung, ward chairperson of Machhapuchhre rural municipality-8 in the district.

According to the information obtained by police, Swedish trekker was known to cross the viewpoint in Mardi and headed towards base camp of Mardi peak before going incommunicado.