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Namaste, Tashidelek and warm greetings from Nepal.
 11/7/2012 

As always, much hasbeen happening in Nepal and the Himalaya since I last wrote to you all.  

I havelisted the topics below for your convenience.

Summary of the Climbing Season
Summit reports of Asian Trekking’s Spring Expedition
Summary of our Mt. Everest Cleaning Campaign of 2012- “Cash ForTrash”
A new world record of the oldest female Mt. Everest Summiteer
Upcoming Expeditions in Autumn/Fall 2012
The Great Himalayan Trail- Apa and Dawa Steven’s historic walk acrossNepal in 99 Day
Dawa Steven received the first ever WWF International President’s Award
Past events of this year.

Summary of Climbing Season (Spring 2012):


Eco Everest Exp. Spring 2012:


This is the fifth year that Asian Trekking has successfully organized the EcoEverest Expedition giving continuity to its philosophy of climbing in an eco-sensitive manner.

There were 15 Climbing Members consisting of 3 Americans, 6 Indians, 2German, 1 Danish, 1 Czech, 1 Canadian and 1 Georgian 1, General leader, 2BC Manager, Sirdar, 20 high Altitude Climbing Sherpas, 2 BC cooks, 5 cookassistants, 4 camp 2 cooks and assistants.

On 19th May, Asian Trekking’s Eco Everest Expedition Spring 2012 members and High Altitude Sherpas (HAS) went for the first summit wave. Member Kapil from India summitted at 9:45 am with his HAS Nima Kancha Sherpa1. Also Sirdar Naga Dorje Sherpa summited at 9:45 am. Dr. Naim Logic from Bosnia-Herzegovina summitted at 9:55 am with Sherpas Nima Kanchha Sherpa2 and Aarita. Dr.Logic is the first Mt. Everest summiteer from Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Naim Logic
Kapil of India holding his summit certificate Dr.Naim Logic on the summit of Everest

Georgian Parliamentarian and President of International MountaineersAssociation , Mr. Gia Tortladze, also summited on 19th May at 11:05am with Kami Tshering Sherpa. This is Gia’s 3rd time on the top of Mt. Everest and the 9th summit on an 8000m peak. At the same time, Dr. Eberhard Schaaf summitted at 11:05 AM with Sherpas Pasang Temba and Pemba Tshering.Brothers Jan and Vit Morava summitted at 1:00 PM with Pasang Tharke Sherpaa nd Pasang Rita Sherpa respectively.

Gia Tortladze

Gia Tortladze of Georgia on the summit of Mt.Everest

Jan Morava of Canada and Vit Morava of Czech on the summit of Mt.Everest

Tragically Dr. Schaaf collapsed near the South Summit on his descent. HisSherpas attempted to help him down but he was completely unresponsive. Theyfinally abandoned hope for Dr. Schaaf and returned down as the day becamelate and weather deteriorated. After assessing the symptoms, HRA doctors believe the most likely cause of death to have been Cerebral Edema. Asian Trekking’s thoughts are with the family and we are glad to help in building the memorial for Dr. Schaaf.

The second summit record was made on 26 May. Lovraj Dharmashaktu of India, Tenzing Dorje Sherpa,Sonam Bhote reached summit at 4:40 am. Rajendra Singh Pal of India and Nawangle reached summit at 4:40 am. Meghlal Mahato of India and Sonam Tshering and Kalden Sherpa and Binita Soren of India summited at 6:50 am.

Lovraj Dharmshaktu of India on the summit of Mt.Everest

Rajendra Singh Pal of India on the summit of Mt.Everest

Meghlal Mahato of India on the summit of Mt.Everest

Binita Soran of India on the summit of Mt.Everest

"Cash for Trash" Program:

Since 2008, Eco Everest Expedition has brought down more than 14,500 kilos of old garbage from Mt. Everest for proper disposal and more than 600 kilos of human waste produced by the expedition itself. Also five died bodies recovered and brought down from the mountain for a dignified burial and funeral.
As in previous years this year also Eco Everest Expedition continued its initiative of cleaning Mt. Everest under the program "Cash for Trash" by cleaning up old garbage. Also, all human waste produced by the expedition on the mountain was brought down to base camp for proper disposal. The main sponsors of this year's "Cash for Trash" are Asian Trekking, The North Face and Xpress Money.
Sirdar Naga Dorje Sherpa and High Altitude Climbing Sherpa Nima Kanchha Sherpa holding the Xpress Money Banner on the summit of Mt.Everest onMay 19th, 2012.
Sherpas at Mt. Everest Base Camp with Xpress Money Banner
International Everest Expedition (Tibet side) World record of Ms. Tamae Watanabe:
Ms. Tamae Watanabe of Japan, Noriyuki Muraguchi of Japan, Sirdar Mingma Sherpa, Phurba Sherpa and Phura Nuru Sherpa summited Mt.Everest (8848m) on 19th May 2012 with Asian Trekking's International Everest Expedition Spring 2012 from North Side. Ms. Watanabe; who holds the record of the oldest woman Mt. Everest Summitter broke her own record after 10 years at the age of 73 years 180 days. She has summitted Mt. Everest in 2002 at the age of 63. This is her 6th summit of 8000m peaks.
Ms.Tamae Watanabe and Mingma Sherpa on the summit of Mt.Everest
Upcoming Expeditions of Asian Trekking:
Dream Everest Expedition Autumn 2012: 21st August 2012 to 18th October 2012 http://www.asian-trekking.com/component/tour/trip/234-dream-everest-expedition-autumn-2012.html
International Mt.Dhaulagiri Expedition: 5th September 2012 to 23rd October 2012 http://www.asian-trekking.com/destinations/nepal/mountaineering-expedition/international-mt-dhaulagiri-expedition.html
Mt. Manaslu Expedition Autumn 2012: 2nd September 2012 to 20th October 2012 http://www.asian-trekking.com/destinations/nepal/mountaineering-expedition/international-mt-manaslu-expedition.html
Mt. Amadablam Expedition Autumn 2012: 3rd October 2012 to 1st November 2012, 15th October 2012 to 13th November 2012, 25th October 2012 to 23rd November 2012 http://www.asian-trekking.com/destinations/nepal/mountaineering-expedition/international-mt-ama-dablam-expedition.html
Mt. Cho-Oyu Expedition Autumn 2012: 1st September 2012 to 12th October 2012 http://www.asian-trekking.com/destinations/tibet/mountaineering-expedition/international-joining-mt-cho-oyu-expedition-lhasa-zangmu.html
International Mt.Shishapangma Expedition Autumn 201: 31st August 2012 to 11th October 2012 http://www.asian-trekking.com/destinations/tibet/mountaineering-expedition/international-mtshisapangma-expeditionlhasazangmu.html
Successful completion of the historic Great Himalayan Trail –Climate Smart Celebrity Trek:

Apa Sherpa, Dawa Steven Sherpa and their team members have completed the mammoth Great Himalaya Trail in 99 days in a bid to raise awareness about the adverse impacts of climate change in the Himalaya and to help build it as theworld’s first climate smart trail. They ascended an accumulated total of 84,611mtrs they walked across the country, which is equivalent to climbing from sea levelto the top of Mt. Everest 9.5 times. The Great Himalayan Trail is a combination of mountain and hill trails along the length of the Himalaya, allowing the traveler to experience the most spectacular locationsins in the world.

Amongst the many fantastic location, Dawa Steven’s highlights along the trail are the forest of gigantic juniper trees in Kanchanjunga region, the rich heritage and history of trans-himalayan traders in the lower Makalu Section and Arun Valley, the rugged and remote Tashi Lapsa Pass, the jaw-dropping scenic viewsof Thinsangla Pass and Jaljala pass, the torquoise blue of Phoksundo Lake, the alpine mists over Rara lake, the weird and wonderful culture and architecture of the Karnali region and of course the sight of 9 of the 10 highest mountains in the world. We are currently building trekking programs and itineraries for each of these areas. We will more than happy to share these with you if any one is interested.
Dawa Steven Sherpa honoured with WWF International President's Award
I am pleased to share with you that my son Dawa Steven Sherpa has been awarded the first ever "WWF International President's Award." The new WWF International President's Award has been created to acknowledge and encourage outstanding achievements of young people under the age of 30 who are making strong and compelling contributions to nature conservation around the world.
He got this award during a special ceremony at global conservation organization WWF's Annual Conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In the program Mr. Yolanda Kakabadse, WWF International president said that "It is my great pleasure to present this award to such an inspiring and exceptional young individual as Dawa Steven Sherpa-who has already inspired so many to take action to save the planet".

I would like to heartily thank WWF for this recognition.
Past Events Earlier this Year
5th International Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest ) Day Celebration:
Since the last 5 years the government of Nepal has been celebrating May 29as International Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha) Day in memory of the first successful ascent of the highest peak of the world by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgey Sherpa in 1953. On the occasion of the International Mt. Everest Day,Nepal Tourism Board in coordination with the private sector felicitated people in mountaineering sector.

Apart from this, those who have helped in the conservation of the Khumbu regionand its bio-diversity, were also honored. Similarly the national and international summiteers of Mt. Everest in 2012 were honored with medals and certificates.On this occasion William Burke, the oldest American Everest Summiteer addressed the gathering, particularly emphasizing and appreciating the roles of all those who work in putting the climbers on the top.

My son Dawa Steven also gave many suggestions for the betterment of the mountaineering in front of large mass gathered at Nepal Tourism Board. He addressed the problems of congestion, rope fixing and safety on the mountain and practical solutions to address these issues. The Tourism Minister and toplevel government officials who were at the gathering, assured that they would implement these suggestions before the next climbing season. We continuously look forward to the implementation of positive steps ahead.
Namche Festival from 27thto 29th May 2012:
Namche Festival 2012 was held from 27th to 29th May, 2012 at Namche Bazaar in Everest Region. The inauguration of the festival coincided with the Fifth International Sagarmatha Day. The Festival featured cultural programs (folk dances, songs, masked dance etc. and show cased the rich cultural heritage of the Sherpas living in the Solu Khumbu region. The festival also provided a platform to raise public awareness on the adverse impact of climate change.

43rd Anniversary Celebration of Chinese Taipei Mountaineering Association:

On the invitation of CTMA, NMA President Zimba Zangbu Sherpa and I attended the 43rd Anniversary Celebration of Chinese Taipei Mountaineering Association in Taipei on 2nd June 2012. It was a wonderful celebration attended by more than 300 climbers, environmentalist, mountain lovers and high ranking government officials.They organized trip to other parts of Taiwan for foreign delegate and it was remarkable trip. I express my sincere thanks and appreciation to CTMA and our Taiwanese friends for such excellent arrangements and hospitality.

Finally, it is my pleasure to keep you all up to date as to our activities here in the Himalaya. If you have any questions please let me know. I thank you for your support in the past and look forward to our cooperation in the future.

Best Wishes,

Ang Tshering Sherpa

Chairman

Asian Trekking

 

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