The factual record of an Australian trekker lost in the Himalayas and the extended rescue efforts to save him make compelling reading as for a work of fiction on hope and despair. The story commences with trekker James Scott describing how he came to be lost, and it is then taken up by his determined sister Joanne Robertson telling of her frustrating struggles, with not least the Australian Ambassador in Kathmandu, to gather information and to ensure searches continued. It is fascinating to read of James' endeavours to remain positive and stay alive, and of Joanne's hassles to gain cooperation and assistance. Both writers allude to Christian beliefs that on occasions are at odds with willingness to consider psychic or Buddhist connections. Together with insights to family grief this renders `Lost in the Himalayas' a multi-layered account that is further amplified as the 2 narrators interweave their contributions and build up tension towards the outcome. Readers must know there is some sort of `happy ending' as James survives to tell his story, but this is unlikely to ease the anguish of a tragic tale. `Lost in the Himalayas' is a well structured and well written inspirational story of human spirit.