British Columbia

Matt Adams missing in Nepal following avalanche

A family in the Okanagan is frantically trying to reach a West Kelowna man missing in Nepal. 29-year-old Matt Adams was last seen Oct 10.

Family hasn't heard from Okanagan man since bad weather caused a series of blizzards and avalanches

Matt Adams has been missing from the Manang region in Nepal since Oct. 10. (submitted by Jocelyn Enns)

UPDATE: Family members told CBC News late Thursday night that Matt Adams has made contact from a base camp.

A family in the Okanagan is frantically trying to reach a West Kelowna man missing in Nepal.

29-year-old Matt Adams was last seen Oct 10.

Adams was travelling alone without a guide and was known to be in the Manang region hiking the Annapurna circuit, according to his family.

Bad weather along the circuit has caused blizzards and avalanches that have killed at least 27 people, including four Canadians whose bodies have not yet been recovered.
Matt Adams and his wife Ria. who sister Jocelyn Enns, says is extremely upset. (submitted by Jocelyn Enns)
About 70 people are still missing along or near the popular circuit, 160 kilometres northwest of the capital, Kathmandu.

Three Canadians—two women and one man—were rescued Thursday. At least four Canadians have been killed. 

Adams' sister-in-law, Jocelyn Enns, says it's not like Adams to be out of touch.

"He was supposed to be in contact every three to four days at the most and he's been very good about being in contact on a regular basis, so it is unusual to not hear from him for this length of time," she said.

In this photo provided by the Nepalese army, soldiers carry an avalanche victim before he is airlifted in Thorong La pass area, Nepal, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 (Nepalese Army/Associated Press)

Enns says their family is hoping Adams simply hasn't been able to reach a phone or computer to make contact following the blizzard.

She says his wife Ria is very concerned.

"My sister is quite upset right now," said Enns. "She's inconsolable beyond words."​ Enns says they have reached out to the consulate and various travel agencies in Nepal and have also posted photos of him online.

Three other hikers from the B.C. Interior, who were also missing in Nepal, have been located safe and sound.

With files from Jaimie Kehler


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