When Corrie’s daughter was informed by Pokhara Vipassana Meditation Centre that she was yet to enroll for the April course, the search began for her.
Last month, Corrie’s mother, 76-year-old Jennie van Veggel spent three weeks on the Mardi trek, piecing together all information about her missing daughter. Police also accompanied her with sniffer dogs, but Corrie was nowhere to be found.
Before leaving Pokhara after a futile search for her missing daughter, Jennie told Nepali Times: “I don’t know what to tell her daughter and her ex-husband when I get back.”
Jennie thinks her daughter chose the shorter but more dangerous route back to Pokhara via Sidhing (see map). This route cuts through a dense forest and is so steep that even yaks have fallen off the trail.
Pokhara-based trekking guide Dilip Acharya says: “This route is too difficult that it would be almost impossible to rescue a person who falls off the cliff.”
The other route back to Pokhara is longer and relatively safer. But even that one is not completely without danger.