Namaste and warm greetings from Nepal.
It is with a very heavy heart that I’m writing to you. As many of you may have
already heard, a plane crashed due to bad weather to the south of Kathmandu as
it was diverted away from Lukla. Unfortunately, all 11 passengers and crew
members succumbed in the accident. Our deepest condolences go to all family
and friends of the deceased.
The monsoon has proven to be very damaging in the whole region. As many of you
know, floods and landslides have been affecting Nepal, China, and Pakistan.
Our prayers are with the victims.
Summary of Pakistan Expedition 2010:
I have heard from friends and groups that floods had also effected the
expeditions of various groups as it made it very difficult and dangerous for
them to return back to civilization from their expeditions.
However a good news is that, Mingma Sherpa of Nepal summatted Nanga Parbat and
G-I despite the difficult conditions. He has now climbed 13 peaks among the 14
eight thousanders. The entire Asian Trekking family and I would like to
congratulate Mr. Sherpa for his achievement (being the first Nepali to climb
13, 8000 Peaks) and wish him all the best for the last peak left, Mt.
Kanchanjunga (in Nepal), which he is planning to climb in spring 2011. As
always, I have extended my support to his historic climb. Our congratulation
also goes to all other summiteers of mountains in Pakistan this summer.
The Search for Aubrey Sacco
In May, at the request of the family and the US Embassy in Kathmandu, Asian
Trekking launched a search effort to find a missing trekker.
Aubrey Caroline Sacco was trekking in the Langtang National Park when she was
reported missing. Her last known whereabouts were in the Lama Hotel Area on
the 22nd of April. She was trekking alone.
Asian Trekking, local organization and individuals coordinated a search and
rescue effort in the Langtang National Park and the adjoining region.
Unfortunately, the search produced no results. Our heart goes out to family
and friends of Aubrey.
I extend my continued support to the family. If anyone should hear of any news
of Aubrey, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately.
Forth coming Expeditions in Autumn 2010:
Amongst the many climbing expeditions that are planning to come to Nepal and
Tibet this Autumn, a Japanese team is attempting to scale the highest peak in
the world without oxygen via south side (Nepal). Similarly, from the North
Side an Italian and a Spanish Team will be attempting the Hornbein Couloir
route on Mt. Everest.
Tree Plantation at Lakhuri Bhangyang:
Asian Trekking organized a tree plantation event at Lakhuri Bhanjyang on 27
July. Staff of Asian Trekking and locals and school children from Lakhuri
Bhanjyang village participated in the day-long program and planted more than
800 new trees. Despite the leeches, we had a great day filled with activity
and laughter on the muddy slopes.
Concern over Climate Change
At the initiative of the Government of Nepal, the “Summiteers Summit to Save
the Himalaya” awareness rally will be held on September 21 at 4:00 pm in New
Everest Summiteers from Nepal and climbers from around the world will march
through the streets of New York, towards the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in front
of the United Nations Building. The program aims to highlight the impact of
climate change on the Himalayas during the UN General Assembly, which is held
at the same time.
I greatly appreciate our government’s active concern on environmental and
climate change issues, something that we have been advocating for many years.
If you are interested to join us at this important event in New York, please
get in touch with me and I can give you more information.
Dawa Steven Sherpa’s presentation at American Alpine Club:
The American Alpine Club recently organized the Exit Strategies Conference,
which included general/plenary sessions, poster presentations, field-proven
techniques and opportunities for focused problem solving. Top land managers,
scientists, entrepreneurs, and wilderness participants from around the globe
attended the conference to discuss and formulate strategies for managing human
waste in remote areas. My son Dawa Steven was invited to give one of the key
note speeches. He presented a detailed report on our Eco Everest Expeditions
and our continued efforts to protect and preserve our mountains.
Lastly, I am very proud to inform you that my son Dawa Steven Sherpa was
overwhelmingly elected as an Executive Member of Nepal Mountaineering
Association. The election was held on 15 July 2010. As a Central Board Member,
he is now heading the Conservation and Environmental Protection Committee.
Once again, I hope this information has been interesting and helpful to you
all. I greatly appreciate your concerns for the Mountains.
With kind regards,
Ang Tshering Sherpa
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