PETALING JAYA: An amateur hiker who disappeared after reaching the highest point of his Himalayan trek remains missing after four days, despite strenuous search efforts.
Businessman Dennis Lee - who most recently climbed Mount Kinabalu - had arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal on March 28 to trek the Annapurna trail with a group of Filipino friends.
The 48-year-old went missing on Sunday in the Ghorepani area of the Khopra Danda Trek, roughly after 3pm local time (5.15pm Malaysian time).
The guide turned back to try to retrace the route to see where Lee may have strayed during the first day of their descent, to no avail.
His wife, Jennifer Eileen Peters-Lee, was notified by Holiday Tibet Trek of his disappearance on Tuesday, the same day a police report was lodged and a 35-strong search party was formed.
She flew to Nepal the day after to help coordinate rescue efforts, but bad weather conditions have delayed search-and-rescue operations.
The couple have two teenage daughters, and the Lee family is currently seeking help from Nepalese authorities to assist their search.
Anyone with information or words of support for Lee's safe return can visit https://www.facebook.com/FindDennisLee or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.