Progress Update as of May 6th:
A team of international mountaineers led by famous South Korean mountaineer
Han, Wang Yong is in a noble mission of cleaning Mt Everest (South Col)
southern slopes of the world's tallest peak.
The team comprises of 8 foreign mountaineers including Mr Han and four other
South Koreans, two French- Yann Delevaux and Julien Raguenuau, one Austrian
Piccolruaz Christian, and nine Nepali climbing Sherpas.
The mountaineers' team along with a group of medical officials of Sanbon
Medical Hospital, Seoul arrived Kathmandu on April 22, when the whole
country was passing through a very tense and difficult moment. Despite
political upheavals in Nepal, the mountaineering and medical team reached
Lukla on April 23 and proceeded to Namche Bazaar- the gateway of Mt
Everest-- on April 24.
The medical team from Sanbon Medical Hospital along with Han's Clean Everest
Team organized a medical camp at Namche Bazaar on April 25 and 26. More than
500 patients with different ailment of dental, skin, eye, gastritis and high
altitude sickness were treated at free of cost during two day medical camp.
The medical team returned from Namchhe, while the Clean Everest Expedition
continued its mission towards the Everest Base Camp on April 27. The
cleaning team arrived Lobuche on April 29 and organized a daylong cleaning
of this tiny Himalayan village. The team collected about 300 kg of garbage.
The next day (April 30) the team reached EBC and set up its camp. The EBC
these days looks like a small and coulourful village with more than 20
expedition teams from various countries around the globe. Among them, a
four-member Philippine expedition team is eyeing to set a record of climbing
the world's tallest peak for the first time in their history. These
Philippine mountainers are trained in South Korea and trying to be the first
Philippine national to scale the Everest.
The Clean Everest Expedition team organized a traditional Lama puja at EBC
on May 3rd before setting its foot to camp 1 on May 4. The special puja
ceremony was accompanied by other expedition team including members of two
other Korean expedition and exchanged greetings among other.
The Clean Everest Expedition team is set to begin cleaning from EBC to Camp
1 on May 4th and subsequently to camp 2, 3 and leading up to Camp 4 (South
Col) by the end of the third week of this month. However, extreme weather
and frequent snowfall are sure to affect expedition activities.
Background: Mr. Han Wang Yong who has
summited all 14 8000 meter Summits continues his clean up expeditions, this
year focusing on Mt Everest South Side (Nepal). Unlike many of his expeditions
since completing the 14 8000 meter peaks, the team plans to attempt the Summit
of Everest on this clean up expedition. They have also announced plans to
apparently bring bodies down from Everest. This could be very controversial.
It is unclear at this point if Mr. Han Wang Yong has discussed these plans
with the families...
For his exclusive report to
EverestNews.com that broke the news to the western world of his completion of
the 14 8000 meter peaks, see
Some details of his earlier
K2 clean expedition is below...
The Details regarding Hans K2
Clean up Expedition 2004 are as follows:
K2 the second highest
mountain in the world and as such attracts many mountaineers every year from
all over the world. K2 is also considered by mountaineers to the most
challenging and difficult mountain to scale, statistical data reveals that the
number of descend death on K2 is the highest at 13.4%. For mount, Everest it
The combination of danger and
fatigue makes mountaineers leave behind their ropes and other climbing
equipments and the same reason tempts subsequent climbers to use the discarded
equipments there by increasing the risk of fatal accidents. Since the first
successful ascent of Mount K2 in 1954 this is the first time that an effort is
being made by Mr. Han to clean the mountain of every kind of waste.
The Himalaya often called 3rd
pole, where only highly prepared top notch climbers can reach that God –
resided territory, even Himalaya, however, is not free from the human caused
pollution anymore, more then 400- summit seeking expedition Teams every year
from all over the word find the Himalaya and Karakorum, many of them leave
their expedition related trashes including empty oxygen bottles, fixed ropes,
empty tin food cans, tents etc- behind and on the mountains, some of the
environmental NGOS including the mountains and glaciers protection
organizations in Pakistan have put their sincere efforts to clean up and
protect the natural setting around the base camp of K2 in 2000.
The 2004 Korean K2 clean up
expedition Team led by Mr. Han Wang- Young, the world’s top climber who has
summated all 14-8000m peaks in the world, plays a leading role and takes
responsibility to bring down those trashes, left in high altitude.
Mr. Han has got Summit of K2
in the year 2000, and now once again he came back to the great mountain.
The international – based expedition Team consisting 5- Korean
professional climbers including Han himself, 2 of Nepali Sherpa’s and 10
Pakistani high altitude porters will collect long – left climbing gears
and trashes. Proceeding up to camp 3 7500m. the mountains and glaciers
protection organizations (MGPO) dispatched their staff with Korean team
working closely throughout the whole span of campaign.
The expedition team will
climb down with their trashes back to base camp on July 31 for the K2
summit golden Jubilee celebration.
On the way to K2 base
camp, the expedition Team have also served their extra efforts as well,
providing medical services by their team Doctor, Mr. Moon, for Pakistani
porters in different camping sites on the way to K2 base camp and resident
of Ashkoli to return the favor from Mountains, simply showing their
respect and appreciation towards the mountains.
Nothing such a single
event can contribute to the clean up and protection eventually, the
expedition Team focus on this campaign to awaken the public and most
importantly the climbers including Pakistani porters for the
environmentally low impact activity practiced.
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