Dear EverestNews, I hope you are all doing very well. Although it is getting
colder each day here in Kathmandu it is also very sunny - therefore: Namaste
and warm greetings from Nepal.
Two weeks ago, between the 23rd and 25th of November, my son,
Dawa Steven and I participated in the Prague Alpinism Festival. This great
even is organized by my good friend Ladislav Jirasko. Every year, Ladislav and
his team do a great job and I feel very happy to see that each year the
festival gets bigger and bigger. This year, the festival was attended by many
renowned climbers such as Peter Habeler, Kurt Diemberger and Hans Kammerlander
to name a few. I encourage all of you to attend if you are in that part of the
I felt very
encouraged to see many strong young climbers also participating. I especially
liked the presentation by Boris Lorencic, part of the Piolet d'Or 2006
winning Slovenian team. They were awarded the golden ice axe for their
outstanding climb of Mt. Chomolhari (7326m) and her surrounding sister peaks.
Kammerlander also spoke of his amazing climb of Jassamba (7350m). It was his
third attempt on this beautiful mountain. It looked like a very difficult
expedition and we are very happy and proud that he finally summitted. I
encourage all of you to find out more about these climbers and their great
felt great pride when Hans Kammerlander and Peter Habeler described Nepal as
their second home and favorite place in the world. It was clear from their
slide shows and presentations that they love the Nepali people. And of course
we consider them also as Nepalese.
I am also very
proud to announce that my own son, Dawa Steven Sherpa, gave a presentation
during the festival. He spoke about the dangers of climate change on our
glaciers and the urgent need for action. In that context he also introduced
his plans for the Everest Eco Expedition in spring 2008. Eco Everest aims to
raise awareness of glacial melting and the formation of glacial lakes and it
also aims to raise funds for further and continued studies of those glacial
returning from Prague there has not been so much news in Nepal. It is the
quiet season and the atmosphere in Kathmandu is calmer. We are still waiting
anxiously for the declaration of the royalty fee reductions of Nepalese
Mountains. I believe that this will be done before the New Year. There is also
no further news or developments from the Tibet side for the time regarding
climbing expeditions in 2008.
honored to be the guests of the Lord Mayor of Prague, Pavel Bem. He kindly
invited us to stay in his official residence next to the City hall. The Lord
Mayor is also an active climber and had summitted Mt. Everest in spring 2008.
I was very surprised to learn of his deep knowledge about mountaineering
history and I feel we should be very proud to call such an esteemed person our
team of nine producers from "Destination Truth" held a press conference in
Kathmandu after spending a week in the Khumbu region in search of the Yeti.
They stated that they had "discovered footprints that merit further
investigation." While the existence of the Yeti is part of our Sherpa
folklore, I have also listened to many theories from researchers and scholars.
Over my lifetime in Nepal I have listened to many theories about the existence
of the Yeti. And I smile….
claim to have made sightings during the winter and summer season when they
take their herd to pasture especially in Gokyo valley of Everest Region. While
search for the Yeti has been conducted many times in the Nepal Himalaya during
the Spring and Autumn season, maybe it is time to have similar studies during
the Summer and Winter months?
of study was also made very recently by some pioneering Japanese scientists
from Keio University, led by Prof. Hiromichi Fukui. Prof. Fukui and his team
set up remote controlled video surveillance equipment that will monitor Imja
lake, upstream of the Everest Trail. This surveillance system allows
researchers to monitor changes in the lake in real time, allowing early
warning systems in case of dangers and also to help further studies to reduce
the dangers. These are the sort of research work that we hope to encourage and
fund with the Everest Eco-Expedition in 2008.
I hope that
you all have a good holiday season and I hope to be in touch again very soon
with news about the Royalty fees.
Ang Tshering Sherpa
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