HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Eco Everest Expedition 2011 is headed for Mount Everest Base Camp from Kathmandu under the leadership of Dawa Steven Sherpa and Apa Sherpa.
Dawa Steven Sherpa, managing director of Asian Trekking, Nepal, and Apa Sherpa, world record holder of 20 ascents of Mt Everest, headed for the expedition as the Leader of the Expedition. Eco Everest Expedition has so far conducted successful expeditions in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
According to Ang Tshering Sherpa, chairman of Asian Trekking, there are 23 climbing members consisting of 10 Americans, six Indians, three Brazilians, one Japanese, one Spanish, one Mexican and one Swiss.
“Eco Everest Expedition’s advance team is already at the Base Camp building platform sites for tents,” said Sherpa, adding that the huge expedition will be managed by professionals and it will be led by Dawa Steven who has the experience of handling a huge team like this.
Apa will climb again for a new record that is scaling Mt Everest the 21st time. Eco Everest Expedition was organised successfully for three consecutive years (2008, 2009 and 2010) to create international awareness about the impact of climate change in the Himalayas and the lives of the mountain communities.
The expedition will use alternative energy solutions like the parabolic solar cookers, solar energies for lighting and the SteriPENs for water purification and also encourages other expedition teams to use them.
Eco Everest Expedition also focuses on cleaning Mt Everest. Since 2008, Eco Everest Expedition has brought down more than 12,000 kg of garbage left by previous expeditions and more than 300 kg of human waste produced by Eco Everest Expedition from Mt Everest for proper disposal. Also, four dead bodies were recovered and brought down from the mountain.