Press Release: Everest Expedition

EEE documentary to premiere in Dec
July 18: The organizers of Extreme Everest Expedition (EEE) - a clean-up expedition to Mt Everest -- are preparing to exhibit documentary of the clean-up campaign to school children in a bid to raise awareness on climate change and conservation of the Himalayas.


As a part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), Nepal Investment Bank Ltd (NIBL) - as the major investor of the campaign - along with other partners had collected garbage from above 8,000 meters on Mount Everest in the region commonly referred to as the Death Zone.

A team of 20 Sherpas led by Namgyal Sherpa under the coordination of Chakra Karki had set out to Everest Base Camp on the April 25 and collected 1,800 kg of garbage.

Addressing a press meet on Sunday, NIBL Chairman and Chief Executive Director Prithivi Bahadur Pande said the documentary would be premiered in December. “We will conduct the clean-up campaign in 2011 as well,” Pande said.

Ang Chhiring Sherpa, former president of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), said the government should adopt appropriate policy to control and clean the garbage in the Himalayas, including Mt Everest.

Along with NIBL, Hulas Steel Industries Limited, Nepal Mountaineering Association, Hotel Association Nepal, Surya Nepal, Everest Insurance, The Himalayan Times, Ace Development Bank, Be Human Nepal, Chaudhary Group, The North Face, Himalayan Paint House and Friends of Himalayas were the other partners of the campaign.

Trash hashed from Everest Death Zone

JUL 18 - The Extreme Everest Expedition 2010 has successfully completed its goal of clearing garbage from the “Death Zone” above 8,000 m on Mt. Everest.

A team of 20 Sherpas led by Namgyal Sherpa under the coordination of Chakra Karki set out to Everest Base Camp on April 25 and cleared out 1,800 kg of garbage, equally divided between degradable and non-degradable waste. The trash was piled onto a symbolic mountain at Everest Base Camp.

The degradable waste was brought to Namche Bazaar and handed over to the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee. The non-disposable garbage was carried by yaks and jopkyos to Lukla airport and flown to Kathmandu, said a press statement issued by Nepal Investment Bank, the major sponsor of the programme.

The team also retrieved two bodies — of Swiss climber Gianni Goltz, who died last year, and of Russian climber Sergey Duganov.

“We are very happy to see our dream materialize, something that we never thought would happen. The volunteers carried almost 200 kg of garbage down with them. Everyone was so sincere about their contribution,” said Namgyal Sherpa.Immediate past president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, said, “The snow-capped Himalaya of Nepal is gradually shrinking due to global warming, exposing the threat of a tsunami among the people living below the mountains.

Sherpa added that the threat was to 1.3 billion people whose source of water directly and indirectly depends on the water flowing down from the Himalaya.

Successful clean-up of the death zone

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.


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