Nov 03, 2023: Dr. Gert Schacher-Gams, a German national, went missing on October 6th, and the search operation is currently underway. Khumbu Rural Municipality’s Chairman, Mingma Chhiri Sherpa, provided this information. Dr. Gert embarked on his journey to Kalapathar without a guide. In line with the demand of labor unions in the tourism industry and the Nepal Tourism Board, a mandatory guide system has been implemented for tourists on their trekking journeys, effective from April 1, 2023.
The Nepal Tourism Board and the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) informed about this decision. According to Dhananjay Regmi, the CEO of the Nepal Tourism Board, this decision aims to ensure the safety, discipline, and organization of trekkers. He stated, “This is how foreign tourists must have a guide with them on their treks to prevent incidents like the one involving Dr. Gert. However, Khumbu Pasanglhamu Rural Municipality does not accept this decision.”
By implementing such a decision, the number of foreign tourists who go missing in Nepal can be reduced. Regmi added, “With foreign tourists going missing, this decision is vital for resolving the issue.”
TAAN’s Chairman Nilhari Bastola also emphasized the need for mandatory guides for foreign tourists who go missing.
Khumbu Pasanglhamu Rural Municipality’s Chairman Mingma Chhiri Sherpa revealed that the search for the missing German citizen has begun. He mentioned that three locals have been mobilized for the search operation.
The missing foreign tourists who went missing in Khumbu Pasanglhamu Rural Municipality had also taken trekking cards. However, there is a lack of information about the whereabouts of the trekking card typists in Khumbu Pasanglhamu Rural Municipality’s hotels and lodges.
Sherpa stated that Dr. Gert Schacher-Gams’ trekking card was recorded in Lukla and Namche.