Nine foreign climbers -one of them is a climber from Crete, named Sofoklis Plaitis-, including an Indian woman, have been duped by a Nepalese expedition organiser of more than Rs120 million, prompting police here to launch a manhunt.
The nine were forced to cancel their expedition to the Mount Everest, from Tibet side, after they were cheated by the Kathmandu-based operator.
According to leading English daily The Himalayan Times, Tshering Dorje Sherpa of Himalayan Alpine Adventure Treks and Expedition duped eight Greek and and an Indian climber of more than Rs120 million and disappeared.
Nikolas Mangitsis, team leader of the Greek expedition, Hellas Everest Expedition 2015, told The Himalayan Times, Sherpa who accompanied them from the Tribhuvan International Airport to Manaslu Hotel in Kathmandu April 14, collected $87,000 and Euro 11,500 from them for a 50 day expedition slated to begin April 17.
Indian climber Chandana Pradhan said that she is keen to climb the Everest from the Nepal side if she gets back her money. The climber from Jharkhand said she had paid Rs1.21 million for her expedition.