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Successful clean-up of the death zone


Himalayan News Service

KATHMANDU: We are happy to see our dream materialise, something we never thought would happen”, declared Namgyal Sherpa, the team leader of Extreme Everest Expedition (EEE) 2010 while talking at a press meet on July 18 at Hotel Shangrila in Lazimpat.

The green initiative taken by Nepal Investment Bank Limited (NIBL) and The Himalayan Times along with other private organisations to collect garbage scattered around Mount Everest through the EEE 2010 has been a great success.

A team of 20 Sherpas led by Namgyal Sherpa reached above 8000 metres of the Everest also known as the ‘death zone’ and collected around 1800 kgs of wastes from the area. EEE 2010 also rescued dead bodies of Swiss climber Gianni Goltz and Russian climber Sergey Duganov from above 8000 metres. The wastes collected by the expedition were piled on to a symbolic Mountain of Garbage at the Everest Base Camp. After all the garbage was collected EEE coordinated with around 100 participants of the Everest Marathon on May 29 — Mount Everest Day — to transfer the garbage from the Base Camp to the Namche Bazar. These volunteers carried the garbage for a distance of 42 km. While the degradable waste was given to Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee at

Namche Bazar, non degradable ones were flown to Kathmandu.

As its green initiative, THT besides providing financial support had been continuously reporting on the activities of the EEE during their month-long expedition. By talking to the EEE team members at base camp via telephone THT gave daily update on the progress of the clean-up campaign.

Expressing his appreciation at the press meet Minister for Culture Minendra Rijal said, “This effort will raise awareness among people to take necessary steps to be safe from global warming. Global warming is very eminent issue in the context of Nepal. But Nepal might head for disaster any day if we are not prepared.”

Prithvi Bahadur Pandey, chairman and chief executive of NIBL shared, “EEE is an effort to spread awareness on environmental pollution, climate change and urgent need to clean environment around us”.

In addition to climbing and cleaning, EEE had shot footage of over 33 hours capturing the whole expedition which will be made into a documentary. At the press meet, the sponsors of EEE, minister Rijal and Everest Marathon Nayapal Pandey were handed over oxygen tank brought down from the ‘death zone’ of the Everest as token of love.

While NIBL is the main sponsor, THT is the official media partner as well as the sponsor. Other sponsors are Hulas Steels Industries Limited, Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Hotel Association of Nepal, Surya Nepal, Everest Insurance, Ace Development Bank, Be Human Nepal, Chaudhary Group, The North Face, Himalayan Paint House and Friends of the Himalayas.