High altitude records and more: Himalaya action wrap from Asian Trekking

Posted: Apr 17, 2012 03:07 pm EDT

(Newsdesk) Independent climbers are rare on Everest these days, the closest you get are mountaineers in loosely assembled outfits such as Summit Climb, Seven-Summit Club and Asian Trekking.

It's a matter of preference. A tight-guided operation will ease your climb, increase your summit chance and lower your risk. Buying in on logistics but making your own climbing decisions can be more rewarding in terms of adventure and accomplishment.

Free-spirited outfits and their mountaineers are fun to follow. Here goes a heads-up from AsianTrekking, the oldest and biggest climbing and trekking outfitter in Himalaya headed by Ang Tshering Sherpa.

Dear Friends,

Namaste and warm greetings from Nepal.

It is middle of the Nepal and Tibet Himalayan Climbing Season of Spring 2012. Most of our expedition teams arrived at the Base Camp of Nepal and Tibet Himalayas.

Records and remarkable climbs of Spring 2012 Expeditions

Asian Trekking's Eco Everest Expedition Spring 2012: Leader, 70 year old Californian Bill Burke - Oldest Mt.Everest Summiteer outside of Asia - plans to double summit Mt. Everest in this climbing season. Bill and some members of his team flew to Lukla on the 8th April towards the Everest Base Camp.

Loveraj Dharmshaktu - Three time Mt. Everest summiteer will try to become the first Indian to summit Mt. Everest without the supplementary oxygen. He is Deputy Leader of Eco Everest Expedition Spring 2012 and he flew to Lukla on 4th April. He plans to climb Island Peak (m) before he reaches EBC.

Ms. Tamae Watanabe – who is the oldest women Mt. Everest summiteer will again try to scale Mt. Everest from the north side at the age of 73. She Flew Lhasa on 10th April with her team members.

Georgian Parliamentarian and President of International Mountaineers Association Mr. Gia Tortladze is back for Everest from south side. He is member of Asian Trekking's Eco Everest Expedition Spring 2012 Team and he flew to Lukla on 6th April together with Pertemba Sherpa, BC Manager of Eco Everest Expedition Spring 2012. Gia already summited eight of the 14, 8000m peaks.

German “Sky Skier” Luis Stitzinger is back in the Himalayas - this time to climb the world´s eighth highest peak, Manaslu 8163 m. Luis Stitzinger together with his wife Alix von Melle and friends, plan to ski descent the mountain from the top to bottom. They left for Arughaton the 12th April.

In the last couple of years the Germany based climber (Munich, Bavaria) successfully climbed 5 Eight-Thousand-Meter-Peaks in the Himalaya and Karakorum together with his wife, Alix von Melle: Cho Oyu 8201 m (2000 & 2010), Gasherbrum II 8035 m (2006), Nanga Parbat 8125 m (2008), Dhaulagiri 8167 m (2009) and Broad Peak 8051 m (2011) as well as attempted others, as Makalu to 8050 m (2010) and K2 to 8000 m (2011).

Stitzinger had successfully skied some of these peaks (Gasherbrum II, Nanga Parbat, Broad Peak, K2) on the descent and is probably one of the most achieved “sky skiers” worldwide at present.

Arjun Vajpai, the youngest Indian Mt. Everest Summiteer will attempt both Mt. Cho-oyu and Mt. Shishapangma in this climbing season. Arjun Vajpai is also youngest person summiting Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Manaslu. Arjun is the leader of Indian Joint Mt. Cho-oyu and Mt. Shishapangma Expedition Spring 2012.

A 10 member Nepali Team led by Mr. Krishna KC and under the banner “Lumbini to Mt. Everest Youth Leader’s Peace Expedition 2012” left for Lukla on the 4th April. The team is climbing Mt. Everest for Peace and establishment of New Constitution.

Renowned Mountaineer and Environmentalist Ken Noguchi from Japan and his team members are back to Nepal to climb Mt. Saribung in Mustang, Nepal

Polish Mt. Everest Expedition Spring 2012 from North Side leader Mr. Ryszard Powlowski crossed the border to Tibet on the 10th April. Ryszard already climbed 12 of the 14, 8000m Peaks. He also climbed Mt. Amadablam more than 20 times and Mt. Aconcagua 17 times.

Cash for Trash

Asian Trekking's "Cash for Trash" Program: Since 2008, the Eco Everest Expeditions have collected and brought off the mountain over 13,500 kgs of previous expedition garbage and over 450 kgs of human waste produced by Eco Everest Expedition.

Asian Trekking's Mt.Everest Expedition Autumn 2011 found these garbage in between Everest Base Camp (5350m) and Camp 3 (7500m) due to rapid melting of ice and glaciers during summer and Autumn season.

The garbage has been collected, stored and protected at the same place by Asian Trekking's Mt. Everest Expedition Autumn 2011 team; which the team of Asian Trekking's Eco Everest Expedition Spring 2012 will try to bring down from the mountain like the previous Eco Everest Expedition on the basis of "Cash for Trash" program from the mountain.

Asian Trekking and The North Face are the main sponsors for this "Cash for Trash" program.

In addition, five bodies were recovered and brought down from the mountain for a dignified burial.

Thank you for your support at all time.

With kind regards,

Ang Tshering Sherpa

Ed note: Visit The Great Himalayan Trail-Climate Smart Celebrity Trek for latest updates about that program.

Timeline:

International Everest Expedition - Spring 2012 from the North Side

David Klein from Hungary left for the Tibet border on 10th April 2012.
Polish Mt. Everest led by Ryszard Pawlowski crossed the border to Tibet on the 10th April 2012.
Ms. Tamae Watanabe – who is the oldest women Mt. Everest summiteer will again try to scale Mt. Everest from the north side at the age of 74. She and her team members flew to Lhasa on 10th April 2012.

Cho Oyu

Indian Joint Mt. Cho-Oyu and Mt. Shishapangma –Arjun Vajpai and his sherpas crossed border to Tibet on 11th April 2012.
Jakob Urth from Denmark is the member of Mt. Lhotse Exp. Spring 2012.

Manaslu, Amadablam, Lhotse, Everest South

DAV Manaslu Exp. Spring 2012 led by Luis Stitzinger left for Arughat on 12th April 2012.
Ted Atkin from UK Mt. Lhotse Exp.Spring 2012 flew Lukla on 12 April 2012.
Japanese Saribung Expedition Spring 2012 led by Ken Noguchi left Kathmandu on the 7th April 2012.
Mt. Amadablam Expedition Spring 2012 team members to arrive Kathmandu on the 15th April. As scheduled they will leave for Lukla on the 18th April 2012.
Lumbini to Mt. Everest Youth Leader’s Peace Expedition 2012” left for Lukla on the 4th April. The team is climbing Mt. Everest for Peace and New Constitution.
Peace Everest Exp. Spring 2012: Nepali Marathoner Sanjaya Pandit will be flying to Lukla to climb Mt. Everest and to send message to the world to save the Himalayas from Climate Change and also to promote religious harmony and cultural heritage in the country.

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