Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Missing in Nepal:

Aubrey Sacco went missing in Nepal in 2010 during a lone trek through the Himalayas.
A self-described artist, traveler and yogi, Aubrey had been traveling alone through Asia and at the request of her friends and family, kept a record of her adventures in her travel blog.
Her couch surfing profile detailed an extreme case of wanderlust, and a project she had in works- a book she was compiling filled with the love stories of fellow travelers. “Tell me your stories!” she would excitedly ask people she met.

Aubrey set off on her journey across India, Sri Lanka and Nepal after finishing college, where she had earned a degree in art and psychology. She traveled to Nepal to volunteer teaching English, Art and yoga at a school.
She never neglected to keep in touch with her family, be it via video chat or email.
Nearing the end of her adventure, she decided to embark on one last trip; a ten day hike though Langtang, passing through villages that have since been wiped off the map at the hands of a devastating earthquake in 2015.

Before the disaster destroyed Langtang, the trek that Aubrey made was very popular among backpackers and travelers, who would walk along the footpaths from village to village, staying at small hotels each night along the way. The experience was a diverse one, and offered picturesque scenery in the form of lush greenery, snow-capped mountains, rope suspension bridges, local flora and fauna and bamboo forests. Certainly, the Langtang trip was on the list of any nearby traveler.

Despite this trip being traveled safely by many before her, Aubrey Sacco was never seen again.

Some theories suggest that Aubrey fell to her death, or possibly suffered at the hands of the young male soldiers who patrol the area and are known for harassing female travelers along the trek.
 Did Aubrey veer off the beaten path along roads less traveled?
Did she take refuge in one of the many monasteries concealed in the Himalayan Mountains during the countries shut down in 2010 due to the Maoist general strike?
The Socco family took to investigating the case themselves, doing investigators jobs for them. They felt the authorities didn’t care to solve the case and missing signs that they had put up along the trail were torn down, probably to protect tourism and local business.

Aubrey has not been located.

If you have any information on this case, please head over to the website

Aubrey's Travel blog [ X ]
Aubrey's website (with updates from her family [ X ]
Aubrey's couchsufring profile [ X ]
"Hiker Alert" safety app (in support of Aubrey) [ X ]

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