As many of you
have already heard about the shocking news of Nepali Sherpa, Chhewang Nima
Sherpa, the last few days have been a shock to Nepal and the mountaineering
community. At 4:30 pm on 23rd October, Chhewang Nima Sherpa- 19 times Everest
Summitteer- was caught in an avalanche at 7045m on Mt. Baruntse (7129m) while
fixing rope to the summit. His body has not been recovered and the search has
now been called off. Chhewang Nima was a highly talented and dynamic
mountaineer, greatly respected for his leadership skills. After Apa Sherpa he
was the second, who has highest summit record of Mt. Everest. Nepal has lost a
great hero and we pray for his soul's eternal rest. We express our heartfelt
condolences to the bereaved family members and pray for their strength and
recovery from such a tragedy.
Expedition - Nepal and Tibet brief summit report:
almost the end of Autumn Climbing Season here in the Himalayas and I have
prepared another update to keep you informed.
was not that easy and approving for many climbing expeditions because of the
unfavorable weather conditions. Though I wish everyone could summit the
mountains they climbed, only some of them could make it to the top. Among the
different expeditions, 6 members of Asian Trekking's International Manaslu
Expedition summited Mt. Manaslu (8163M) on 1st October 2010. A total
31 climbers summited Mt. Manaslu this fall season.
members of Asian Trekking's International Cho-Oyu Expedition team summited Mt.
Cho-oyu (8201m) this Autumn. Two members summited on 2nd October and one more
member summited on 6th October. They are the only Cho-Oyu summiteers this fall
season (There are two more Cho-Oyu summit claims which has to verify with
summit picture and other evidence).
of Asian Trekking's International Korean Himlung Himal Expedition
Team summited Mt. Himlung Himal (7123m) on 19 October. Asian Trekking family
congratulates all the summiteers for their success. This season only 2 members
of the South Korean Shishapangma Expedition Team summited Mt. Shishapangma
(8013m) via the British Route on 14 October. Asian Trekking's Ama Dablam (6812m)
Expedition Team is in progress and we are hoping for their news of success
members from Save the Pole Everest Expedition Autumn 2010 reached the Summit
of Mt. Everest on 15th October. This is the first successful expedition in
Autumn after many years.
Expeditions - Autumn 2010 (Government Peaks):
is the detail of the permits issued to expedition teams for 8000m Peaks by the
Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation in this Autumn Season (2010:
2 Teams of 1
member each on Mt. Everest (Nepal Side)
2 Teams with a
total 6 members on Mt. Lhotse
8 Teams with a
total of 86 members on Mt. Manaslu
2 teams with
total of 9 members Mt. Dhaulagiri from Nepal Himalayas
figures do not include the number of high altitude Sherpa (HAS) climbers.
Tibet Expeditions - Autumn 2010:
are the teams permitted on 8000m Peaks in Tibet:
2 Teams with a
total of 12 climbers on Mt. Everest (including HAS)
25 Teams with
a total of 340 climbers on Mt. Cho-oyu (including HAS)
3 Teams with a
total of 45 climbers on Mt. Shishapangma(including HAS)
An avalanche on Mt. Dhaulagiri killed three Japanese climbers, Osumu
Tanabe(49),Toshio Yamamoto(36) and Daisuke Honda(32) and a Nepalese Guide
Pasang Geylu Sherpa on 28th September.
The leader of
the Cho-Oyu South West Face Expedition 2010, Walter Nones of Italy had a fatal
fall on 3rd October and died while climbing Mt. Cho-Oyu from South West Face
(8163m) Base Camp:
Kuwabara(61 yrs) of Japan diet at the Base Camp of Manaslu on 24 September
2010. He was member of "Adventure Guides Mt. Manaslu Exp.2010" under the
Leadership of Mr. Kenji Kondo of Japan.
We pray that
may all the departed souls rest in peace and express our condolence to their
family members and friends.
General Assembly which was held from 6th-9th October in Bormio was very
fruitful. The outcome of the assembly is beneficial to all the members of UIAA.
It focused on the necessity of the Expedition Commission to be re-activated.
On the sidelines of the 2010 UIAA General Assembly, leading members of the
global climbing community discussed the concerns of climbers and challenges of
undertaking expeditions to high and remote mountain ranges.
general assembly of UIAA will be held on 5th to 8th October 2011 and the
general assembly of UAAA will be held on 9th October 2011. Both the events
will be hosted by Nepal in Kathmandu. Since the same year Nepal is celebrating
Nepal Tourism Year 2011, I hope that both the events will be instrumental in
promoting Nepal Tourism Year 2011 to make it a great success, as well as
bringing many benefits to the mountaineering community.
Mountain Protection and Environmental issues were extremely highlighted.
Different programs and campaigns were held in different parts of the world to
raise awareness of global warming & climate change and their consequences. The
most affect of Global warming and climate change is in Himalayan Countries so
Nepal also actively participated in most of such programs. The government of
Nepal held another "Summitteers Summit to Save the Himalaya" rally outside the
UN Headquarter in New York, during the UN General Assembly on the 21st of
September. Many Mt. Everest summiteers participated in the rally.
(China) Joint Coordination Committee on Tourism Meeting:
The 4th annual
meeting of Nepal-Tibet Joint Coordination Delegation on Tourism was held on
September 14, 2010 in Lhasa, Tibet. The Nepali team was led by Mr. Laxman
Bhattarai; Joint Secretary of Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation whereas
China's Tibet team was lead by Mr. Bha Dro; Director General of Tibet Tourism
Bureau. I was also fortunate to be a member of the Nepali delegation.
various issues raised by the Nepalese delegation, the Tibetan team agreed on
the operation of Kathmandu-Lhasa bus service as soon as possible. The Tibetan
delegation also committed to promote Nepal Tourism Year in Tibet through media
and billboards at major crossroads. The Nepali delegation also put forward the
proposal to allow Nepali helicopters regular access to the Mansarovar and
Kailash area for rescue and charter services. Also discussed in the meeting
was the mutual feeling that there needs to be more airlines operating between
the Lhasa-Kathmandu sector. These are some of the areas where both governments
are now working closely through respective diplomatic channels to implement
14, amidst a program Mr. Laxman Bhattarai; Under Secretary of Ministry of
Tourism and Civil Aviation and Mr. Bha Dro; Director General of Tourism Bureau
signed and exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding in the presence of Mr. Wu
Ying Jie; Standing Vice Chairman of Tibet Autonomous Region of China.
50th Anniversary of First Ascent of Mt. Everest from North Side:
China Tibet Mountaineering Association organized a program
to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the First Ascent of Mt. Everest from
the North Side by the China Tibet Mountaineering Team in 1960. All the
mountaineers from Tibet and Mt. Everest Summiteers from mainland China
attended the function. Gombu Lha- the first Tibetan Mt. Everest Summiteer-
together with many of the members of the 1960 Expedition attended the
celebration in Lhasa on 28th September. The next day a big conference was held
in which many of the international and Chinese experts shared their
experiences which on focused on three topics:
1. Mountaineering Concept
2. Protection of Mountain Environment
3. High Himalayan Rescue
National Tourism Council Meeting:
On 25th October, a National Tourism Council meeting was held
under the Chairmanship of Right Honorable Prime Minister of Nepal, Mr. Madav
Kumar Nepal. Different tourism related policies and issues were passed in the
meeting, specially focused on mountain tourism and environmental protection.
Thank you for your support
It is again my pleasure to keep you all up to date as to our
activities here in the Himalaya. If you have any questions please do let me
know. I thank you for your support in the past and look forward to our
cooperation in the future.
Ang Tshering Sherpa
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