Search efforts concluded, missing Israeli trekker declared dead in Nepal

After over six months of searching for 42-year-old Amit Reichman who went missing this past October while trekking the Annapurna circuit in Nepal, authorities have officially declared the Israeli hiker dead. Yet, Reichman's family remains hopeful that he or his body will be located and recovered.
Reichman during his trip (Archives) Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

More than half a year after his trail was lost, 42-year-old Amit Reichman from Nes Tziona was declared dead on Sunday. Reichman who was trekking across the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, was declared missing after not contacting his family for several days.

After Reichman's disappearance, great efforts were made to locate him. Israeli search and rescue missions were sent to Nepal in an attempt to find the traveler and donation campaigns in Israel were held to help support the family’s continued search efforts.  

According to witness reports gathered by the search teams, Reichman went out on October 16, 2016 to look at the Annapurna ridge and left his belongings at the Fishtail guest house on the upper ridge. Since then, he had not returned and all contact with him had been lost. The Israeli embassy in Nepal, ​​local authorities, the Nepalese police and army, and the Chabad House in Kathmandu all assisted in the search, trying to save Reichman.

"We hope with all our hearts that we will soon find some information about his whereabouts," concluded his family today.

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