I hope that
you are all doing well. I wish you all the very best for this New Year. May
it bring us all health, prosperity and happiness.
Mt. Everest Route Fixing up
to Summit-Spring 2011:
like to make a special mention of all the work my colleagues and fellow
expedition organisors are doing to prepare for the coming Climbing Season in
Spring. Throughout these winter months, various mountain guides and
evpedition operators have been working out the exact equipment requirements
and buddget to fix rope to the summit of Everst. The Expedition Operators
Associaition of Nepal (EAO) agreed in its last general meeting to take
responsibility for collecting the funds from all expedition teams to pay for
the route fixing up from camp 1 to the Summit of Mt. Everest. What would
normally be an arbitrary negotiation at Base Camp is now taking shape into a
well coordinated and cooperative effort. I am very encouraged by this
development as I am sure this will lead to more secure ropes, earlier summit
chances and less crowding and “traffic jams”.
usual, the SPCC “ice fall doctors” will fix the Icefall route to Camp 1.
Launching of Nepal Tourism
we are now celebrating the Tourism Year 2011. The official launch was held on
the 14th of January at the National stadium in Kathmandu. The stadium, which
can seat 35,000 people, stadiums was filled to capacity by wellwishers who
wanted to show their support for the Tourism Year. Leaders of all major
political parties also attended the even. Special mention must also go to the
Tourism Ministers from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan along with
Tourism Secretary from India and representatives from other member states who
attended the function. I believe that the Nepal Tourism Year 2011 will be a
very important force in helping Nepal develop its infrastructure and policies
so that visitors from around the world may have a more fulfilling and
memorable experience in Nepal, not only in 2011 but into the future.
Winter Kyajo-Ri Climb 2010:
December, Dawa Steven and 2 of our top Sherpas went on a short climbing
expedition to Mt Kyajo ri (6186 m). They were exploring a new approach to the
peak, directly from Khumjung and through the two hidden valleys. This route
has cut out an entire day of walking from the normal approach route, which
would take 5 days from Khumjung. They enjoyed sunny days, free of wind and the
slopes were hard blue ice and solid granite rock. Winter climbing is a very
viable activity in Nepal on the 6000m peaks as chances of snow and rain are
extremely low due to the dry season, the winds are calm and the days enjoy
Eco Everest Expedition 2011:
Son, Dawa Steven Sherpa and Apa will be leading Eco Everest Expedition 2011 to
Mt. Everest. A new addition to the team, Mr Lee Bennett (UK), will be our base
camp manager. Lee is a retired officer of the Royal Navy and a qualified
mountain leader. There are still places open for those who would like to join
year, we will be running out cleaning campaign and continue to bring down
garbage from the slopes of mt Everest. Since 2008, the Eco Everest Expedition
has collected 12,000kg of Garbage and taken off all human waste produced on
the expedition. The Expedition has helped to recover and provide dignified
burials of 4 dead bodies. This year, we have the honour of having Ken Noguchi
(Japan) on board to help with our cleaning efforts. Since 2000, Ken has run
cleaning expeditions on Everest (4 times), Manaslu and annually on Mt. Fuji.
Ken and 6 Sherpas will work on bringing garbage from the higher sections of
Announcement of Asian
Trekking Spring 2011 Expedition Teams:
1. Eco Everest Expedition
2011 from South Side
2. International Everest
Expedition 2011from North Side I
3. International Everest
Expedition 2011from North Side II
4. International Joining Mt.
Manaslu Expedition 2011
5. International Joining Mt.
Lhotse Expedition 2011
6. International Mt. Cho-Oyu
7. International Mt.
Shishapangma Expedition 2011 I
8. International Mt.
Shishapangma Expedition 2011 II (South Face)
9. International Joining Mt.
Dhaulagiri Expedition 2011
10. International Joining Mt.
Kanchanjunga Expedition 2011
11. International Joining Mt.
Amadablam Expedition 2011
Expeditions to Mt.Makalu,
Mt.Himlung, Mt.Pumori and Mt.Baruntse are in the pipeline but are yet to be
confirmed. Please contact us if you would like to join our groups or share our
Currently we also have
several Climbing teams going to 6000m Peaks such as Island Peak, Lobuche East,
Abi Peak, Kyajo Ri, Mera Peak, Pisang Peak, Chulu Peak, Larke Peak etc
Manaslu is the eighth highest
mountain in the world and a spectacular snow peak in the Himalayas of Nepal.
Supported by the Nepal Tourism Board and various national organizations, the
local people of Manaslu Region are organizing Manaslu Festival from 9th May to
11th May 2011 at the Base Camp (4500m) of Mt. Manaslu. The main attractions of
the festival are Religious Ceremonies, Special blessing from Rinpochhe,
Archery Competition(Dha), Horse Race Competition (Toshi-Gyaltshan), Ethnic and
Religious Cultural Shows, Food Festival, Traditional Tug of War Competition,
Sanitation and Environmental awareness Campaign.
50th Anniversary of Khumjung
Khumjung School, the first
school built by Sir Edmund Hillary in Solukhumbu will celebrate its 50th
Anniversary from the 26th to 29th May 2011. Sir Edmund Hillary is the father
of the Sherpa people and he was the person who “opened our eyes" to the world.
Sir Edmund Hillary was instrumental for the education and well being of people
in the Solukhumbu region. In his lifetime, He built 30 schools, 2 hospitals,
13 health clinics, 2 airstrips and made countless other contributions. I was
lucky to be in the first batch of students to study at Khumjung school; his
first school and one which he built with his own hands.
The Golden Jubilee is a great
opportunity for us to remember Sir Edmund Hillary and celebrate the progress
that he brought to the Sherpa people
Peaks in the Far West and Mid
West Region of Nepal open till 16 July 2014:
Nepal Government has declared
Free Peak Permit Fee to all the Open Peaks of Mid Western and Far Western
region of Nepal for mountaineering expedition until 16 July 2014. If you need
any further information please let us know.
Great Himalayan Trail
In Autumn 2011, Dawa Steven
Sherpa and Apa Sherpa will be walking from East Nepal to West Nepal, to
promote tourism in Rural Nepal. This is to support the Nepal Tourism Year
2011. The trek will take 5 months. If you want to join them to support the
trek, there are short joining treks available. Tourism is a very important
industry that gives people jobs and stimulates local economies. It is also
very powerful force to help people adapt to climate change.
International Prague Alpinism
International Prague Alpinism
Festival, which is regarded as one of the most imperative gathering of the
alpinist was held from 18th November to 21st November 2010. As usual this year
also this festival was a grand success. More than 3000 Alpinists,
Mountaineers, Environmentalists and Mountain Lovers participated in this
festival. During this festival renowned mountaineers from around the world
shared their experiences in climbing through their presentation. I was very
honored to give a presentation on “Mountaineering, Effects of Climate Change
in the Himalayas and Mountain Waste Management” at the event.
Go Kamera Festival 2011 in
The Go KAMERA FESTIVAL 2011
was held from 14th to 16th January 2011. The principal topic of the 14th
festival of travel films, photographs and publications (the largest event of
its kind in the Czech Republic) was the Ice Extreme. The lectures, video
screenings, talks and photography exhibitions brought thousands of travel
enthusiasts from the Czech Republic and abroad to Brno Exhibition Centre over
the course of 3 days. I forwarded my presentation on “A Highlight on Mountain
Expedition” in the festival.
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