Appa Sherpa at the top of Mount Everest for record 20th time

Appa Sherpa, the Eco Everest expedition leader broke his own world record and reached the top of the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest (8848m) for 20th time at 08:34 am on May 22, 2010.

He started from Camp IV (South Col 7950m) at 12 midnight on May 21 and reached the peak with the members of Eco Everest expedition.
The members of Eco Everest expedition were:

  • Mr. Arjun Vajpai, India
  • Miss Mamata Sodha-India
  • Mr. Mika Pitkamaki, Finland,
  • Mr. Timo Allan Ilmari Jaatien, Finland
  • Mr. David Liano Gonzalez, Mexican
  • Mr. Pasang Temba Sherpa, Namche 7, Nepal
  • Mr. Pasang Rita Sherpa, Namche 9, Nepal
  • Mr. Phurba Tshering Sherpa, Namche 8, Nepal
  • Mr. Tshering Phinjo Sherpa, Khumjung 1, Nepal
  • Mr. Samden Bhote, Shankhawa 2, Nepal
  • Mr. Sonam Tshering Sherpa, Khumjung 1 and
  • Mr. Sonam Tshering Sherpa – Chaurikharka 1, Nepal
  • Mr. Nawang Karsang Sherpa-Khumjung 1, Nepal

Vajpai Arjun (18 days 11 Months and 16years) is the youngest Indian to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. Nima Tshering Sherpa, Tshering Phinjo Sherpa and Arjun Vajpai started from Camp IV (South Col 7950m) at 10:24 pm on 21 May and reached the summit of Mt. Everest at 6:33 am on May 22.

Earlier, three members of the Eco Everest expedition reached the summit of Mt. Everest on May 17 at 8:11. They are:

  • Miss Cleonice Pacheco Weidlich (Origin Brassil) – USA
  • Mr. Dawa Tshering Sherpa, Thame Village, Nepal
  • Mr. Lhakpa Nuru Sherpa, Khumjung 2, Nepal

Similarly, three members of the Lhotse Expedition 2010 Kazakhstan reached the summit of Mt. Lhotse (8516m), on 16 May at 13h40min. The members are:

  • Expedition Leader Mr. Maxut Zhumayev –Kazakhasta
  • Mr. Pivtsov Vassiliy – Kazakhstan and
  • Mr. Chekhlov Vladislav – Kazakhasta

Asian Trekking Family extends heartfelt congratulations to all the successful Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Everest Expedition Summit participants.

Appa Sherpa, SAARC Good will Ambassador for Climate Change, carried the Nepal Tourism Year 2011 Campaign flag and the WWF banner with the slogan ” YOU HEARD OUR VOICE, NOW RAISE YOURS – WE CAN STOP CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE HIMALAYAS “to the top of the Everest to draw international attention for 2011 campaign of Nepal Tourism and global warming and climate change.

The Eco Everest Expedition 2010 is led by two times Everest conqueror, Dawa Steven Sherpa, an ardent advocate of climate change issues. Dawa Steven is the executive director of Asian Trekking (P) Ltd., and a WWF climate for Life Ambassador.

Eco Everest Expedition is ruled by Asian Trekking and emphasizes on climbing in an eco-sensitive way and field testing different methods of eco-sensitive to be taken when climbing in the Himalayas. This year, the team returned to base camp with around 5,000 pounds of old waste.

The team also brought all human waste produced by the climbers of the expedition and Sherpa. The expedition has called for submissions for others to follow suit. In this effort, the Eco Everest Expedition has also provided other expeditions on the mountain with Re-Stop bags (toilet bags).
In 2008, Eco Everest Expedition team brought 965 pounds of waste, 75 pounds of human waste from the top of the base camp. Similarly Eco Everest Expedition in 2009 brought 6,000 pounds of waste under the “Cash for Trash” program that included 115 pounds of human waste products.

The remains of an Italian military helicopter in the same year have also been recovered from the edge of the Khumbu Icefall (5486m). The helicopter crashed between Camp I and Camp II (approx. 6200m) on the Mt. Everest during the Italian Expedition to Everest in 1973. This probably shows the movement of the Khumbu Icefall (5450m) 1.3 km in the last 37 years. The Eco Everest Expedition team brought 700 kilos of the crashed helicopter.
From 2008 to date Eco Everest Expedition has gathered more than 12,000 kilograms of waste from the previous issue and more than 300 pounds of human waste products from Mt. Everest for proper disposal. The main authors of trash collection for 2008 and 2009 is by Asian Trekking and 2010 by Asian Trekking, Reinhold Messner, The North Face and The Alpine conservation.

After being victim of personal losses and household during the Dig Tsho Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) on August 3, 1985, a direct result of melting glaciers in the Himalayas has been active in raising awareness climate change impacts on the fragile mountain environment and mountain communities.
The annual “Beat the GLOF Action Run and Save the Himalaya – Khumbu Festival” program will be held from June 4, 2010 in the Khumbu region of Mount Everest. The event is organized by iDEAS, an NGO formed by Dawa Steven Sherpa and Sherwi Yondhen Tshokpa, a network of Sherpa students.

Hundreds of local, national and international runners are going to start the Action Run from Khumjung and the road trip will follow as closely as possible the path of a GLOF which is potentially dangerous glacial lakes Imja Lake, Ngozumpa Lake or Dig Tsho is to burst its banks. The same day, Save the Khumbu Himalayan Festival will be held in the village of Khumjung with the support of various organizations.
Khumbu Youth groups compete in the traditional dance song contest. The festival is to promote and preserve the mountain culture and tradition. The event is sponsored by the North Face, Asian Trekking, Nepal Mountaineering Association, Himalayan Eco-Resort & Phakding Khumjung, Agni Air, Base Camp from Namche, Lukla and Lavilla-Sherpani Paradise Lodge Lukla.

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