Everest Yeti and other events: Ang Tshering reports

Posted: Dec 12, 2007 08:04 pm EST

(MountEverest.net) If you are a frequent Himalaya climber, you've had your share of Yeti tales. From Messner's much publicized search expeditions, to the Yeti head in the monastery en route to Everest BC which in fact is the scull of a monkey.

In the past weeks, world media have had another Yeti frenzy - with Reuters this time breaking the news of supposed Yeti tracks found in Nepal. In a later report, there was also news of a runaway elephant in the area.

Late last week, Ang Tshering shot over a report with his own take on current events, including the Yeti and a stay with Everest climber Prague mayor Bem who just recently released a book about his eventful climb.

Peter Habeler, Kurt Diemberger and Hans Kammerlander in Prague

November 23-25, Ang Tshering and his son, Dawa Steven participated in the Prague Alpinism Festival, attended this year by climbers such as Peter Habeler, Kurt Diemberger, Hans Kammerlander, and Boris Lorencic to name some.

Dawa Steven Sherpa gave a presentation about the dangers of climate change on the glaciers and the urgent need for action. In that context he also introduced his plans for the Everest Eco Expedition in spring 2008.

Fees and other news

The Mayor of Prague, Pavel Bem invited Ang Tshering and Dawa Steven to stay in his official residence next to the City hall. Pavel climbed Everest earlier this spring from the south side, after being refused entry to China. Which leads to the next part of the report:

"There is no further news or developments from the Tibet side for the time regarding climbing expeditions in 2008," Ang Tshering reports.

Back in Nepal, it is the quiet season and the atmosphere in Kathmandu is calmer, Ang Tshering writes. "We are still waiting anxiously for the declaration of the royalty fee reductions of Nepalese Mountains. I believe that this will be done before the New Year."

The Yeti

And now to the Yeti:

"Recently a team of nine producers from 'Destination Truth' held a press conference in Kathmandu after spending a week in the Khumbu region in search of the Yeti," Ang Tshering writes.

"They stated that they had 'discovered footprints that merit further investigation.' While the existence of the Yeti is part of our Sherpa folklore, I have also listened to many theories from researchers and scholars. Over my lifetime in Nepal I have listened to many theories about the existence of the Yeti. And I smile"

"Sherpa herders claim to have made sightings during the winter and summer season when they take their herd to pasture especially in Gokyo valley of Everest Region. While search for the Yeti has been conducted many times in the Nepal Himalaya during the Spring and Autumn season, maybe it is time to have similar studies during the Summer and Winter months?"

Other studies

There are other, less publicized studies ongoing right now, Ang Tshering reports:

"Another type of study was also made very recently by some pioneering Japanese scientists from Keio University, led by Prof. Hiromichi Fukui."

"Prof. Fukui and his team set up remote controlled video surveillance equipment that will monitor Imja lake, upstream of the Everest Trail. This surveillance system allows researchers to monitor changes in the lake in real time, allowing early warning systems in case of dangers and also to help further studies to reduce the dangers. These are the sort of research work that we hope to encourage and fund with the Everest Eco-Expedition in 2008."

Early September, Ang Tshering Sherpa, Chairman for Asian Trekking (P) Ltd and President of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, flew to Lhasa for a meeting with CMA & CTMA, in an event attended by high level delegates from Beijing and Lhasa.

During the summit, a special banquet was held in honor of Asian Trekking and NMA, hosted by the vice chairman of Tibet autonomous government. As Asian Trekking is the official GSA for CTMA, the agency asked Ang Tshering to be their mouthpiece; and forward any news and updates regarding mountaineering in Tibet and China.

"It will be my great pleasure and privilege to keep the mountaineering community informed," Ang Tshering said, stating that both organizations will now work close together to effectively and efficiently exchange and provide information.


Insert of Ang Tshering in Everest image by ExplorersWeb.
Image by Ang Tshering Sherpa courtesy Explorersweb/Ang Tshering Sherpa, SOURCE