Asian Trekking's Ang Tshering Sherpa has just submitted a juicy report which also includes imputs on Pakistan events, such as Mingma Sherpa's 12th and 13th 8000er summits and the devastating effects of floods in all central Asia.
Back to Nepal and Tibet, Ang Tshering stresses on no less that three Everest expeditions that will be attempted this fall season. He also sends his condolences to the families of the victims in the plane that crashed yesterday near Kathmandu, and the missing Aubrey Sacco, lost in Langtang area. Here it goes:
Plane crash and floods:
Namaste and warm greetings from Nepal.
It is with a very heavy heart that Im 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 perished in the accident. Our deepest condolences go to all family and friends of the deceased.
The monsoon has proven to be very damaging throughout 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 the floods have also affected the expeditions of various groups making it very difficult and dangerous for them to return back to civilization from their expeditions.
However, there is good news that Mingma Sherpa of Nepal summitted Nanga Parbat and GI despite the difficult conditions. He has now climbed 13 peaks of the 14 8000ers. The entire Asian Trekking family and I would like to congratulate Mr. Mingma for his achievement--being the first Nepali to climb 13 of the 8000-meter peaks--and wish him all the best on the last peak, Mt. Kanchanjunga (Nepal), which he is planning to climb in spring 2011.
As always, I extend my support to his historic climb. Our congratulations also goes to all the other summiteers of the 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 April 22. She was trekking alone.
Along with Asian Trekking, local organizations 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.
Forthcoming Expeditions in Autumn 2010:
Amongst the many climbing expeditions that are planning to come to Nepal and Tibet this autumn, a Japanese team will be attempting to scale the highest peak in the world without oxygen via the S Face (Nepal).
Similarly, from the N Side an Italian and 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 July 27. The staff of Asian Trekking, 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.
Climate change--concerned climbers to demonstrate in NYC:
At the initiative of the Government of Nepal, the Summiteers Summit to Save the Himalaya awareness rally will be held on September 21 at 4PM in New York. 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 will be held at the same time.
I greatly appreciate our governments active concern on environmental and climate change issues, something that we have been advocating for many years.
Dawa Steven Sherpas 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 keynote 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 July 15, 2010. As a Central Board Member, he is now heading the Conservation and Environmental Protection Committee.
With kind regards,
Ang Tshering Sherpa
Asian Trekking is among the oldest trekking agencies in Himalaya. Ang Tshering Sherpa is the major expedition organizer in Nepal, with experience dating back to the early history of Everest and Himalaya mountaineering. The legendary Sherpa has made it a tradition to write reports from main Himalayan events this being his latest.
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