Disappearance of Jean-Christophe Lafaille

Since the disappearance of Jean Christophe Lafaille, the French Embassy in Nepal, in cooperation with his wife, the French Ministry of Youth and Sports, and the Asian Trekking company, which had organized the expedition, helped to make sure that everything possible would be done to find our compatriot. The search was called off 4 February.


The last three months have been the most cruel in the history of French climbing in the Himalayas. The French Embassy presented to Mrs. Katia Lafaille, to the family and friends of the disappeared, and to the entire French climbing community its particularly heartfelt condolences.

For more details, see the website of Jean-Christophe Lafaille : http://www.jclafaille.com and the embassy’s Recent Events pages (“Tragedy at Mount Kang Guru, 20 October 2005”).

Statement of Mr. Jean-François Lamour, Minister of Youth and Sports and Civil Associations.

“ The “himalayist” Jean-Christophe Lafaille disappeared on the slopes of Makalu while attempting a solo winter climb.

Committed to reaching all 14 summits higher than 8000m, Jean-Christophe Lafaille was an exceptional climber, recognized by his peers as one of the best of his time.

Through over two decades of performance of the highest level he helped to push the limits of French and international mountaineering . But once again the mountain has proved to be unpredictable and fearsome, even for the best.

Beyond his athletic qualities, everyone who had the opportunity to know him or listen to him was struck by his passion, his humility, his courage and his determination.

It is with great sadness that I share the pain of his disappearance with Katia Lafaille, his family and his children.”

Dernière modification : 06/04/2006

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