Update 5/05/2005: all of his camps are in, and he has been to camp 2. He is
ready to go!
Karma Gyelsthen is not a
professional mountain climber, he is a man with a dream, please keep him in
your thoughts and prayers. He is basically alone on Everest with no support.
He is well and happy and living his dream. He
wanted to say hello and thank everyone for their help. He
wants to be the first Bhutanese to reach the summit of Everest.
To be the first Bhutanese
to reach the summit of Everest.
To be an example and an
inspiration to world youth, particularly Bhutanese young people, of healthy
living and healthy attitudes.
To raise awareness of the
REQUIREMENT TO ACHIEVE
US $60,000 in sponsorship
funds and equipment value so that I can join a Mount Everest expedition.
LONGER TERM OBJECTIVE
mountaineering and other adventure sports to Bhutan in such a way that the
environment is left unspoilt.
BACKGROUND: When I was
nineteen a friend of mine told me of meeting Sir Edmund Hillary and Junko
Tabai. (Ms Tabai is the first woman to scale Mount Everest.) His accounts of
these meetings ignited my interest in mountaineering and I began to find out
all I could about this unknown sport. I wrote to the director of the Chinese
Mountaineering Association in Taiwan, Dragon Chang, who wrote back and sent me
magazines. Ever since then I have had a burning interest in mountain climbing,
as you will see from my achievements in the six years since then.
I am a cheerful hardworking
person willing and able to >participate in all aspects of mountaineering. I am
a good “team person” and have been a good student in all the different
specialities that are required to safely and successfully climb the highest
peaks. I am young, fit and well trained to take part in an Everest expedition.
In 2000 I sponsored myself
and completed the Basic Mountaineering Course and the Adventure Course at the
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling, with grade ‘A’ where I was
“…an above average trainee…” and “…displayed good team spirit and mountain
n 2001 I completed the
Advanced Mountaineering Course at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute with
Grade ‘A’, following which I was “Recommended for Expedition”. Later in 2001,
I completed the Method of Instruction Course.
Other achievements in 2001
were: Completed a ten day solo cross country cycling trip in Western Bhutan,
reaching the highest point, Chaylayla Pass (13,000 ft above sea level), of the
Dantak road system. Climbed Mount BC Roy (18,000 ft) in Sikkim, India. Climbed
Mount Frey (19,500 ft) in Sikkim, India.
In August 2002 I was the
first Bhutanese ever to join an Indian Mountaineering Foundation sponsored
expedition. On this expedition to climb Ramjak Peak (6,318 m, 20,700 ft) in
Himal Pradesh, India, I led the climbing party for the final assault and
became the first mountaineer ever to reach its summit.
In March 2003, with support
from the Royal Government of Bhutan, International Agencies and private
sponsors, I was able to join the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute’s Everest
Expedition (North Ridge 2003). Two climbers were able to reach the summit
before bad weather turned us all back. On this expedition I reached an
altitude of 25,000 feet.
1987 - 1994 Gedu Primary
School, Western Bhutan
1995 - 1997 Tashingang
Junior High School, Eastern Bhutan
1998 Khaling High School,
1999 – 2000 Royal
Technical Institute, Southern Bhutan
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
I have volunteered to speak
to and give rescue training to the Police, Road Safety and Transport
Authority, health officials and school children in India as well as in Bhutan.
Membership of Clubs and
1993 – 1994 Member of
Primary School Nature Club
1995 Participated in
Course), Junior High School
1996 - 1997 Member of
Social service in Junior school
1998 Member of Photography
club in High school
1998 Received award in
1998 Member of Nature club at
Royal Technical Institute
2001 Member of Royal Society
for the Protection of Nature.
2001 - 2002 Guest
Institute, Darjeeling, India.
I taught basic
mountaineering which included rock climbing, ice craft and trekking. Trainees
were also instructed in basic mountain rescue techniques.
2002 Rescue Team Instructor,
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
National Referral Hospital,
In October I taught the
basic techniques of rescue to the Hospital Rescue Team. This was an unpaid
2002 Rock Climbing
Instructor, Vidya Bharati High
School, Rajestan, Western
In December I was
invited to teach basic rock climbing and rescue skills to high school
students. I did this for no payment other than a contribution by the school
towards my travel expenses.
With regards, Karma Gyeltshen
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