Friends search for missing man
Family and friends of a 23-year-old Perth man missing in Nepal have raised almost $10,000 in two days to continue searching for him.
A search party has been looking for Matt Allpress, who started on a solo 10-day trek in Nepal more than five weeks ago, and have now covered about three quarters of the area.
His friends are refusing to give up hope that he will be found alive and say there are still seven trails to search.
Allpress failed to arrive in Sydney on November 14.
There have been unsuccessful aerial searches, as well as searches on the mountain and around the ridge of Dudh Pokhari, which sits at 4700m.
Allpress's family flew to Nepal to look for him and his mother remains there.
His former schoolmate, Rhett Nicholas, said social media had been instrumental in spreading the word about the search.
A website has been created to raise funds so that the expensive search can continue.
Family and friends running it posted at the weekend that they were still optimistic Allpress would be found alive.
''We have hired a dozen local hunters and scouts who know every cave, shelter hut and dangerous spots,'' they said.
On Saturday, one team began walking the trail from Siklis to Taprang and down to Yangjakot.
Squad Leader Suk Bahadur and his team checked three more trails in the south-eastern part of the area, while logistics officer Karna Dura started another search party westward from Siklis to Pokhara.
A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman said Australian officials were continuing to provide assistance to the Allpress family.