Nepali Sherpa draws world's attention to save Himalayas

21:52, May 25, 2010      

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Nepali summiteer Apa Sherpa, 50, world record holder for 20 ascents of Mt. Qomolangma, articulated his contentment over unfurling a climate change message from top of the world.

Popularly known as "Super Sherpa", Nepali hero Apa conquered the world's highest peak for 20th time, breaking his own world record again on May 22.

"I had sumitted the peak many time for personal sake but since 2008, I'm climbing for social cause. Carrying the message of climate change and biodiversity conservation to the world, I'm climbing the summit," said Apa on Tuesday.

Apa who is also the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)'s "Climate for Life" campaign ambassador and climbing leader of Eco Expedition 2010 was speaking at a press meeting Tuesday organized by WWF after he returned back from conquering the Mt. Qomolangma.

Apa first reached the summit on May 10, 1990 with a New Zealand team led by climber Peter Hillary, son of Edmund Hillary.

Before heading on his daring and noble mission this year to draw the attention of world to pay attention on melting Himalayas as a consequence of climate change, Apa told Xinhua that he was to raise global awareness about impact of climate change over Himalayas.

"As far as I can, I will continue to contribute my country by any means whether creating awareness or collecting garbage," said Apa, who is a goodwill ambassador for climate change for South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.

Nevertheless, he added, "I encourage young summiteers, no matter if they break my world record but now time has come to work for nation saving our national pride Himalayas."

Apa carried the national tourism campaign "Nepal Tourism Year- 2011" flag and WWF banner written with "You Heard Our Voice, Now Raise Yours-We Can Stop Climate Change at the top of the world in his 20th ascents.

"I am thankful to have been able to climb Mt. Qomolangma for the 20th time. I climbed this year to raise awareness about the Apa Sherpa foundation, which is dedicated to increasing educational opportunities for people in the Himalayan Region. I also climbed to bring attention to the damage done to the Himalayas because of global climate change," Apa mentioned in his official website.

The Eco Everest Expedition is organized by Asian Trekking and focuses on climbing in an eco-sensitive manner and field testing different eco-sensitive methods to be adopted while climbing in the Himalaya.

This year, the expedition brought down to base camp nearly 5,000 kg of old garbage.

The expedition has also brought down all the human waste produced by the expedition's climbers and Sherpa.

The expedition advocated for other expeditions to follow suit. In this effort, the Eco Everest Expedition also supplied other expeditions on Mt. Qomolangma with Restop Bags (toilet bags).

In 2008, Eco Everest Expedition team brought down 965kg of garbage, including 75 kg of human waste from above base camp.

Similarly in 2009 Eco Everest Expedition brought down 6,000kg of garbage under the "Cash for Trash" program which included 115 kg of human waste produced during the expedition. The same year wreckage of an Italian Army helicopter was also recovered from the edge of the Khumbu Icefall (5486 meters).

Since 2008 until today Eco Everest Expedition brought down more than 12,000kg of previous expedition garbage and more than 300 kg of human waste produced by Eco Everest Expedition from Mt. Qomolangma for proper disposal, according to Asian Trekking.

Source: Xinhua


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