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Congratulations !!! Eco Everest Expedition Spring 2012

Eco Everest Expedition is a program organized in 2008 as a platform to attract maximum global attention. The main objective of this expedition is to raise awareness about the impact of climate change and glacier melting in the mountain leading to high risk of GLOF affecting the lives of the local people. The expedition organized by Asian Trekking focuses on climbing in an eco-sensitive manner and field testing different eco-sensitive methods to be adopted while climbing in the Himalaya.

There are·15 Climbing Members consisting of·3 Americans, 6 Indians,·2 German, 1 Denish, 1 Czech, 1 Canadian and 1 Georgian. Eco Everest Expedition's advance team·staffs are already at Base Camp building platform sites for tents. Also most of the climbing members arrived Base Camp.

No Name Nationality
1 Mr. William M. Burke USA
2 Dr. Naim Logic USA/Bosnia
3 Mr. Carsten Lillelund Pedersen Denmark
4 Mr. Paul Thelen German
5 Dr. Eberhard Schaaf German
6 Mr. Vit Morava Czech Rep
7 Mr. Jan Morava Canada
8 Mr. Gia Tortladze Georgia
9 Mr. Bud Allen USA
10 Ms. Binita Soren India
11 Mr. Meghlal Mahato India
12 Mr. Rajendra Singh Pal India
13 Mr. Lovraj Dharmasaktu India
14 Ms. Nandini Cholaraju India
15 Mr. Kapil India
16 Mr. Allan Smith (Base Camp Manager) USA

Dawa Steven Sherpa looks after the over all management as he is the general leader of the expedition. To look after the logistics and Sherpas, our senior Sirdar Naga Dorje will be managing a team of·20 climbing Sherpas. He has been guiding successfully as senior Sirdar since last ten·years. At the base camp we have Mr. Pertemba Sherpa, record climbed of Mt.Everest from three different routes, who is our over all Base Camp Manager for all Asian Trekking's Expedition Teams to Mt.Everest and Mt.Lhotse and another BC Manager Mr.Allan Smith will look after the Communication. Our head cook Birbal will be providing a varied menu for various nationalities to suit their plates. Birbal has a team of··8 cooks and kitchen helpers to make sure all the climbers are fed well.

As in previous years this year also Eco Everest Expedition will continue its initiative of cleaning Mt. Everest under the program "Cash for Trash". The main sponsors of this year's "Cash for Trash" are Asian Trekking, The North Face and Xpress Money (www.xpressmoney.com).

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cash for trash
cash for trash
cash for trash
cash for trash
cash for trash

These garbages were found in between Everest Base Camp(5300m) and Camp 3(7500m) during Autumn climbing season. The garbages 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.

garbage collection
garbage collection

Also please visit:

http://www.everestnews.com/everest2012/asiantrekking05112012.htm

http://www.explorersweb.com/everest_k2/news.php?id=20821

http://www.explorersweb.com/everest_k2/news.php?id=20832

http://www.everestnews.com/everest2012/asiantrekking05052012.htm

http://www.everestnews.com/everest2012/asiantrekking04272012.htm

http://www.everestnews.com/everest2012/ecoeverest04222012.htm

http://climbhighllc.com/2012/05/13/brits-march-for-global-warming/

27th May 2012 Sunday:

Gorgian Parlimentarian and President of International Mountaineers Association Gia Tortladze, Vit Morava and Jan Morava reached Kathmandu this morning in a chartered helicopter from Lukla.The weather continues to deteoriate as there are hundreds of tourists stuck in Lukla. We hope that the weather improves and everybody can have a safe flight back to Kathmandu.

Gia Tortladze is returning back to Georgia tomorrow. Vit & Jan will be returning back on the 29th May.

Meanwhile Rajendra Singh Pal, Meghlal Mahato, Binita Soren , Lovraj Dharmashaktu have reached base camp after their summit. Nandini has also reached base camp after her summit attempt.

They will spend a couple of days at base camp packing and making their way back to Lukla.

Asian Trekking organized a Dinner on the 27th May to honor the summitters for their excellent achievements and also for members who made an effort and we wish them all success always.

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Present at the Dinner were Tamae Watanabe world record holder for the oldest woman Mt. Everest Summitter at 73 years, Mr. Bill Burke oldest Mt. Everest Summitter outside Asia , Mr. Gia Tortladze, Gorgian Parlimentarian and Presient of International Mountaineers Association, Mr. Noriyuki Muraguchi, Mr. Jan Morava, Mr. Vit Morava, the legendary Apa Sherpa , Phurba Sherpa and Phura Nuru Sherpa.

Also present were Ang Tshering Sherpa and staffs of Asian Trekking.

Mr. Ang Tshering thanked them all for coming to the dinner and wished them good luck for their flight back home.

Everest Peace Expedition 2012:

It has been confirmed that Sanjay Pandit of Everest Peace Exp. 2012 and Pasang Namgyal Sherpa reached the altitude of 8445 m but had to return down when a rock fell down and hit Sanjay.He sustained minor infuries and could not continue. He is now down safely in base camp and recovering quickly.

26th May 2012, Saturday

Congratulations Everyone!!!

Lovraj Dharmashaktu, Tenzing Dorje Sherpa, Sonam Bhote reached summit at 4:40 am.

Rajendra Singh Pal and Nawangle reached summit at 4:40 am. Others still coming up.

Meghlal Mahato and Sonam Tshering and Kalden Sherpa and Binita Soren from TATA summited at 6:50 am,

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Lovraj Dharmashaktu of India on the summit of mt.Everest (8848m)

Mt. Everest SummitRajendra Singh Pal of India on the summit of Mt.Everest (8848m)

Mt. Everest SummitMeghlal Mahato of India on the summit of Mt.Everest (8848m)

Mt. Everest SummitBinita Soren of India on the summit of Mt.Everest (8848m)

FROM LUMBUNI TO MT. EVEREST YOUTH LEADERS PEACE EXPEDITION 2012:·

Yubaraj Dulal·and Nima Kanchha Sherpa summited at·3 am. Saral is approaching the summit. Krisna KC, Mahesh and Madan at South summit. The others still coming up.

Saral S. Poudel and Phurba Tshering Sherpa summited at 5:15 am.

Shiva Kumar Dangi summit around 7 am. The exact time to be confirmed later.

Krisna KC, leader of the Lumbini to Everest Youth Leaders Peace Everest Exp with Pemba Tshering Sherpa, members Maheshwor Phuyal with Fura Gyalgen Sherpa and Madan K. Chudal with Lhakpa Nuru Sherpa reached summit at.7:07 am.

Shakar Dahal, Deputy Leader of Lumbini to Everest Youth Leaders Peace Everest Expedition with Kaji Sherpa and Bina Magar with Sherav Gyalgen Sherpa summited at 8 am.

25th May 2012 Friday:

Eco Everest Expedition 2nd Summit push members and high altitude climbing Sherpas arrived Camp 4 (7950m), South Col today, the 25th May for the summit push.

Tonight, Friday the 25th May they will leave at 8 pm from South col for the summit. They are:

Rajendra Singh Pal from India with Nawangle Sherpa

Meghlal Mahato from India with Sonam Tshering Sherpa

Lovraj Dharmashaktu from India with Nima Dorje Sherpa

Binita Soren from India with Nawang Kalden Sherpa

Lovraj Dharmashaktu will be the first Indian climbing Mt.Everest without the use of bottle Oxygen.

All teams were together at 11:53 pm when they reached Balcony.Right now they are all going to south summit.

24th May 2012 Thursday:

Eco Everest Expedition 2nd Summit push members and high altitude climbing Sherpas heading this morning from Camp 2 (6500m) to Camp 3 (7500m) today for the summit push. They are:

Rajendra Singh Pal from India with Nawangle Sherpa

Meghlal Mahato from India with Sonam Tshering Sherpa

Lovraj Dharmashaktu from India with Nima Dorje Sherpa

Binita Soren from India with Nawang Kalden Sherpa

Nandini Cholaraj from India with Gyalu Sherpa and Ang Phurba Sherpa

Lovraj Dharmashaktu will be the first Indian climbing Mt.Everest without the use of bottle Oxygen

As per their schedule, they plan to reach the top on the 26th May weather permitting.

After recovering from the summit climb, Georgian Parlimentarian and President of International Mountaineers Association Gia Tortladze has left base camp today and is expected to be back to Kathmandu on the 27th May.

23rd May 2012 Wednesday:

After returning from the summit climb, Vit Morava and Jan Morava and Kapil have also bid farewell to base camp and are on their way back to Lukla. They are expected to reach Kathmandu on the 26th May.

22nd May 2012 Tuesday:

Eco Everest Expedition 2nd Summit group members and high altitude climbing Sherpas are heading to Camp 2 (6500m) today for the summit push. They are:

Rajendra Singh Pal from India with Nawangle Sherpa

Meghlal Mahato from India with Sonam Tshering Sherpa

Lovraj Dharmashaktu from India with Nima Dorje Sherpa

Binita Soren from India with Nawang Kalden Sherpa

Nandini Cholaraj from India with Gyalu Sherpa and Ang Phurba Sherpand

Lovraj Dharmashaktu will be the first Indian climbing Mt.Everest without the use of bottle Oxygen.

As per their schedule, they plan to reach the top on the 26th May weather permitting.

Jan and Vit are on the way to Base Camp from Camp 2.

Paul Thelen and Naim Logic have left base camp today and They are on their way to Lukla. They are expected to reach Kathmandu on the 25th May.

21st May 2012 Monday:

Gia, Paul, Kapil and Niam arrived Base Camp from Camp 2.

20th May 2012 Sunday:

Asian Trekking is extremely sad to announce the death of Dr. Eberhard Schaaf of Germany at the south summit of Mt.Everest on 19th May. After assessing the symptoms, the medical staff at the Himalayan Rescue Association believe the cause of death to be High Altitude Cerebral Edema. Our thoughts go out to the family of the deceased at this moment and we offer any assistance at this difficult time.

We also pray for Late Dr.Eberhard Schaaf's Peaceful Eternal Journey.

Ang Tshering Sherpa,

Chairman,

Asian Trekking(P) Ltd

19th May 2012 Saturday:

Asian Trekking's Eco Everest Expedition 2012, Sirdar Naga Dorje Sherpa is leading the 1st summit group of members Gia Tortladze from Georgia, Dr. Naim Logic from Bosnia Herzegovina, Kapil from India, Paul Thelen and Dr. Eberhard Schaaf from Germany, Brothers Jan Morava from Canada and Vit Morava from the Czech Republic. Together with 10 Sherpas, the 18 man team will start climbing to the summit tonight from camp 4 South Col (7950m) at 9 pm.

Kapil from India summitted at 9:45 am with Nima Kancha Sherpa1

Also Sirdar Naga Dorje Sherpa summite at 9:45 am

Dr. Naim Logic from Bosnia-Herzegovina summitted at 9:55 am with Nima Kanchha Sherpa2 and Aarita Sherpa.

Mt. Everest Summit

Georgian Parliamentarian and President of International Mountaineers Asssociation Gia Tortladze summited this morning at 11:05am with Kami Tshering Sherpa. This is Gia’s 3rd time on the top of Mt. Everest and the 9th summit on an 8000m peak.

Mt. Everest Summit

Dr.Eberhard Schaaf summitted at 11:05 am with Pasang Temba and Pemba Sherpa.

Jan Morava summitted at 1 pm with Pasang Tharke Sherpa.

Vit Morava summitted at 1 pm with Pasang Rita Sherpa.

Mt. Everest Summit

18th May 2012 Friday:

Gia Tortladze, Dr. Naim Logic, Kapil, Paul Thelen, Dr. Eberhard Schaaf, Jan Morava and Vit Morava reached South Col (7950m). The team is led by Sirdar Naga Dorjee sherpa followed by High Altitude Climbing Sherpas Kami Tshering Sherpa, Nima Kanchha Sherpa, Nawang Karsang, Dorjee Sherpa, Pasang Temba Sherpa, Pemba Tshering Sherpa, Pasang Tharke Sherpa and Pasang Rita Sherpa.

They plan to leave to night at 9 pm for summit attempt. Expect to reach the summit of Mt.Everest (8848m) tomorrow morning, 19th May Saturday around 8 am.

We will update their summit progress. Please stay tune with us...

17th May 2012 Thursday:

Asian Trekking's Eco Everest members Gia Tortladze , Naim Logic, Kapil, Paul Thelen, Eberhard Schaaf , Jan Morava and Vit Morava are on their way to camp 3 for the summit push.

Gia Tortladze is climbing with Kami Tshering Sherpa , Naim Logic with Nima Kanchha Sherpa and Aarita Sherpa, Kapil with Nima Kanchha, Paul Thelen with Nawang Karsang and Dorjee Sherpa , Eberhard Schaaf with Pasang Temba and Pemba Tshering, Jan Morava with Pasang Tharke Sherpa and Vit Morava with Pasang Rita Sherpa.

Dawa Steven Sherpa and Tenzing Dorjee Sherpa will return back to base camp after touching camp 3.

Our next summit group of Lovraj , Rajendra Singh Pal, Binita Soren, Nandini and Meghlal Mahato are all at base camp waiting for their summit window.

16th May 2012 Wednesday:

Dawa Steven Sherpa and Sirdar Naga Dorje Sherpa moved to Camp 2 to organize and support the summit push group.

15th May 2012 Tuesday:

Eco Everest members Gia Tortladze , Naim Logic, Kapil, Paul Thelen, Eberhard Schaaf , Jan Morava and Vit Morava which consists of our 1st Summit Group has left base camp for camp 2 with their climbing sherpas this morning, 15th May.

As per their schedule, they plan to reach the top on the 19th May weather permitting.

Our 2nd Summit Group consisting of Rajendra Singh Pal, Meghlal Mahato, Lovraj, Nandini, Binita Soren and Nandini Cholaraj will be heading up to camp 2 for the summit push soon.

Xpress Money flags off Eco-Everest Expedition 2012

~Top climbers commence 58 day challenging expedition to clean Mt. Everest~

Kathmandu, Nepal: 11th May, 2012

Xpress Money, one of the fastest growing money transfer companies in the world, in conjunction with Asian Trekking (P) Ltd – a leading organizer of treks and expeditions in Nepal and Tibet, launched ‘Xpress Money Eco-Everest Expedition 2012’ a unique clean up expedition on Mount Everest or Sagarmatha- the world’s highest peak.

This year’s expedition would be led by Dawa Steven Sherpa, Managing Director, Asian Trekking, Nepal, and Apa Sherpa, the world record holder with 21 ascents to Mount Everest. Asian Trekking has been conscious about the waste around the mountain and has so far conducted four successful expeditions from 2008 – 2011.

Every year hundreds of foreign and local trekkers attempt to reach the summit. In addition, there are thousands of tourists who gather to witness the natural beauty of the mountain. The increasing number of climbers and tourists to Mount Everest are putting great strains on the fragile eco-system, resulting in heaps of waste from the base camp to the peak. The climatic changes has resulted in melting of the snow revealing the waste which has been hidden for decades including oxygen cylinders, tent and climbing equipment. The current expedition would focus to climb Mount Everest in an eco-sensitive manner and bring down waste from the peak. The expedition would use alternative energy solutions like the parabolic solar cookers, solar energies for lighting and the SteriPENs for water purification.

Mr. Vinesh Nair, Vice President – Global Marketing & Communication, Xpress Money said “Xpress Money understands the importance of conservation of the ecosystem and bio-diversity in Himalayas. The tie up between Xpress Money and Asian Trekking (P) Ltd., for Eco-Everest Expedition is an important movement for building sustainable livelihood of the mountain communities. This cleanup expedition would restore the beauty of the mountain and aid in awareness on the impact of climate change in this sensitive region,” he added.

Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa - Chairman, Asian Trekking (P) Ltd. said "The tourists arriving at Mount Everest from Nepal and overseas come with hope of experiencing the divine and the pristine feeling that one attains after witnessing the highest peak. We wish to restore this beauty of the summit for the future generations. This is our duty towards our country, ecosystem and Mount Everest,” he added.

So far, Eco-Everest Expedition has brought down over 14,000 kgs of garbage from Mount Everest for proper disposal. In addition, four bodies were also recovered and brought down for a dignified burial and funeral. Every year the collected garbage is ferried down to the Base Camp where it is sorted into biodegradable waste which is handed over to the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC). The non-biodegradable garbage is brought down to Khumjung for further disposal and management.

Notes to Editor:

About Xpress Money:

Xpress Money (a subsidiary of UAE Exchange Financial Services Ltd. In India) is a global money transfer brand with a thriving presence in more than 125 countries in 5 continents across 135,000 agent locations across the world. Working towards the goal of Bringing Home Closer to millions of migrants residing away from their homes, Xpress Money has come to be known as the most dependable international money transfer brand. Xpress Money provides its customers a simple, fast & safe way to transfer money anywhere in the world through innovative technology, superior customer service and its extensive worldwide network. For more information, visit www.xpressmoney.com

12th May 2012 Saturday:

Kantipur newspaper

11th May 2012 Friday:

Eco Everest Sherpas have also ferried loads and established camp 4 at South Col at 7950m. Eco Everest climbers are at base camp and some of them are in Pheriche for rest and recuperation.

9th May 2012 Wednesday:

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8th May 2012 Tuesday:

Apa Sherpa, Record Holding Climber of Mt. Everest for 21 times has reaced BC and is looking after the final rotations and summit bids of the Expedition.

Dawa Steven Sherpa will also be joining the expedition team soon.

7th May 2012 Monday:

Loveraj and Nima Dorjee Sherpa returned from Camp 3 to Camp 2. Paul Thelen, Eberhard Schaaf, Vit Morava,·Jan Morava, Rajendra Singh Pal, Binita Soren, Meghlal Mahato, Kapil and their support climbing Sherpas retrned from Camp 2 to Base Camp.

Old garbage collection today from higher Camps to BC - 71 kgs.

6th May 2012 Sunday:

Eco Everest Team Members, Loveraj Dharmasaktu and Nima Dorjee Sherpa moved to Camp 3 and spent the night there. The rest members Paul Thelen, Eberhard Schaaf, Vit Morava, Jan Morava, Lovraj Dharmasaktu, Rajendra Singh Pal, Binita Soren, Meghlal Mahato, Kapil and their support climbing Sherpas went to Camp 3 and returned to Camp 2. Nandini Cholaraj and Sanjay Pandit of Peace Exp. spent extra night at Camp 2. Gia returned to Base Camp due to Khumbu cough.

Old garbage collection today from higher Camps to BC - 86 kgs

5th May 2012 Saterday:

Nandini Cholaraj and Sanjay Pandit have reached camp 2. Due to high winds and light snow fall at camp 2, our members who are already at camp 2 have not been able to go to camp 3.

Every body will be staying at camp 2 today. If weather conditions get better tomorrow, the group will move to camp 3.

4th May 2012, Friday:

Eco Everest Team Members, Gia Tortladze, Paul Thelen, Eberhard Schaaf , Vit Morava, Jan Morava, Lovraj Dharmasaktu, Rajendra Singh Pal, Binita Soren, Meghlal Mahato, Kapil and their support climbing Sherpas today moved from base camp to Camp 2. They plan on moving up to Camp 3 tomorrow, 5th May, weather permitting.

Ms. Nandini Cholaraj and Sanjya Pandit from Peace Everest moved to Camp 1. They will return to Base Camp tomorrow. Staying back at BC are the USA team of Bill Burke, Bud Allen, Carsten Pedesen from Denmark and Nik logic from Bosnia. They plan to ascend later in the week.

3rd May 2012, Thursday:

flag hangover
Logo

Sudhesh Giriyan – Head, Xpress Money Business and Vinesh Nair Head - Global Marketing & Communications, Xpress Money unveil the flag that will be carried to the summit of Mt. Everest by Climbers who are participating in the Xpress Money Eco Everest Expedition 2012, organized by Asian Trekking. The Expedition will undertake a 58 day journey to the top of Mt. Everest, collecting garbage and human waste along the way, in a bid to restore the natural eco-system of the mountains clean. The flag will be hoisted on top of Mt. Everest at the end of this expedition.

2nd May 2012, Wednesday:

Team Eco Everest had the pleasure of photo day and taking a picture of the team for lasting memories.

group photo

1st May 2012, Tuesday:

The Eco Everest team has the pleasure of a Napali celebrity Sanjay Pandit in camp this year. He looks forward to summiting his great mountain and has been training since entering base camp.

Sanjay Pandit camp

30th April 2012, Monday:

Busy day in base camp as team members are excited to make the move up as soon as possible. Today members climbed up to high camp Pumori at an altitude of approximately 5700 meters. The weather was perfect and it wasn’t long before everyone was back and hungry for dinner.

28th April 2012, Saturday:

Under the "Asian Trekking's Cash for Trash Program" the climbing Sherpas collected the previous expedition trash that they brought down off the mountain totaling 579 KG’s to Base Camp. Because of their excellent effort to clean the mountain, Asian Trekking paid this team Rs. 57,900.

Today's total collected:

Human waste: 11KG

Garbage: 579 kg.

trash collection

Naga just informed that Lovraj , Rajendra Singh Pal, Binita Soren, Meghlal Mahato, Kapil, Bud Allen, Vit Morava, Jan Morava, Naga and their Climbing Sherpas returned to Base Camp from CII.

Bill Burke and Gelu Sherpa will spent one more night at Camp II and will return to Base Camp tomorrow.

27th April 2012, Friday:

Naim Logic returned to base camp.

Lovraj , Rajendra Singh Pal, Binita Soren, Meghlal Mahato, Kapil, Bill Burke, Bud Allen, Vit Morava and Jan Morava stayed at Camp II.

26th April 2012, Thursday:

Naim Logic has decided to stay at camp 2 while Paul Thelen, Eberhard Schaaf and Gia Tortladze returned back to base camp.

Lovraj , Rajendra Singh Pal, Binita Soren, Meghlal Mahato, Kapil, Bill Burke, Bud Allen, Jan and Vit Morava arrived Camp II today. Vit and Jan Morava reached Camp II from Base Camp this morning.

Ms. Nandini Cholaraj has come down to Dingboche to recover from the cough.

Rope Fixing:Meanwhile, the rope fixing team has started fixing rope from camp II to Camp III from this morning.

25th April 2012 Wednesday:

After spending the night at Camp I on 23rd April, team members Naim Logic, Gia Tortladze, Paul Thelen and Eberhard Schaaf have gone to Camp II on the 24th and will return back to base camp on 26th April.

Lovraj , Rajendra Singh Pal, Binita Soren, Meghlal Mahato, Kapil, Bill Burke and Bud Allen are heading upto Camp I where they will spend the night. They will be traveling to Camp II tomorrow.

Vit and Jan Morava are performing the puja ceremony today at base camp. Already well acclimatized they will be moving upto Camp I tomorrow.

24th April 2012 Tuesday: Moving day for the teams.

This week several teams are moving up to camp 1 at 19,100 for acclimation. After an overnight a camp 1, they will be moving onto camp 2 at 21,300 where they will be spending several nights at camp 2, before returning to base camp. This years teams are made of the following countries: Also, Asian Trekking is proud to have Bill burke back this year, the oldest American to have ever summated Mt. Everest. Bill is now 70 and will be attempting a double summit this year from both sides of the mountain.

India, USA, Canada, Republic of Georgia, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark and Nepal.

This year Asian Trekking has set up a state of the art communications tent for the expedition teams. Communication Manager Allan R. Smith has set up the system with the latest Mac Book Pro, BGan satellite system & Goal Zero solar charging systems. Also included is external hard drives to protect all video & photo data that is recorded.

Allan R. Smith

23rd April 2012 Monday:

Asian Trekking's Eco Everest members Gia Tortladze, Paul Thelen , Eberhard Schaaf and Naim Logic are arrived Camp I. They will spend the night at Camp I as part of their acclimatization rotation.

The rest of the climbing members including are all went near C1 for acclimatization and returned to Base Camp.

The last members of Eco Everest Expedition, Jan Morava and Vit Morava just arrive Everest Base Camp.

22nd April 2012, Sunday: Puja at Everest Base Camp

Breakfast this morning is interrupted by the shouts and excited sounds of the Sherpa camp above. Soon enough our Sirdar, Naga Dorjee, BC Manager, Pertemba Sherpa calls us forward to take part in Puja ceremony.

puja at Everest Base Camp

With climbing equipment and prayer flags to be blessed we scramble up the slope. Suddenly all that noise through breakfast becomes understandable, there now stands a large stone alter adorned in prayer flags, candles, incense sticks and offerings of rice, taltersampa and assorted chocolate bars.

Ushered into position we sit crossed legged in front of the granite alter, beyond we gaze upon the western shoulder of Everest and the Khumbu ice field.· The ceremony is led by Phurba Tshering Sherpa, who happens to be a Lama released by his monastery for the climbing season. Knelt in front of the alter Phurba Tshering Sherpa is reading aloud from Tibetan scripts, slowly but surely his chanting silences the crowd.

Occasionally laughter breaks out as the Sherpas share jokes becoming at times light hearted; above the sky is blue and the prayer flags flutter in the wind. All the time my legs are screaming at me to get up, looking around I can see the grimaces of Bill, Alan, Gia, Niam and Loveraj confirm I am not alone Binita, Rajendra, Nandini, and Kapil are beginning to look a little pained. Only if I could stretch my little legs.

To one side of the alter a fire is lit of juniper and incense sticks, the smoke is thick and acrid as it hangs heavy like gun smoke amongst us. Eyes watering, coughing, I can here Paul and Eberhard moaning as they try to adjust their numb neither regions.

Encouraged by the Sherpa’s we throw rice towards the alter, drinks are then brought forward and snacks are shared amongst the climbers. Sherpas’s chanting increases in volume as he asks Everest’s guardian spirits for our safe passage and return.

As a finishing touch a flag pole is erected from the centre of the alter, it is adorned with more prayer flags that are then ran out for over 50m in a north, east, south and west direction.· Ushered to our feet, legs screaming with joy, we stand around and gaze at the magnificence of what we have been part of...

20th April 2012, Friday: Hello from Everest Base Camp

Warm days and cold nights here, the team has come together well, training day on crampon use and repelling, The weather looks to remain good during the day and we will continue keeping our skills fresh until we move up the mountain.

Everest Base camp

25th March 2012, Sunday:

Asian Trekking's Eco Everest Expedition 2012 Team members from India Ms. Binita Soren, Mr.Rajendra Singh Pal, Mr. Meghlal Mahato, Loveraj Dharmashaktu and Mr. Kapil have arrived in Kathmandu. Remaining 2 climbers from India are expected to arrive Kathmandu later this week.

The team of Ms. Binita Soren, Mr.Rajendra Singh Pal and Mr. Meghlal Mahato has left for Jiri today for their trek to base camp. The team will also climb Island Peak (6189m) as part of their acclimatization. They are expected to reach base camp on the 17th of April 2012.

They are accompanied by India's first female Mt. Everest summiteer Ms. Bachindri Pal and a friend Ms. Chaula Jayantilal Jagirdar.

Group photo

Pre-Expedition Climbing Refreshment:

Asian Trekking organized Climbing Competition for the High Altitude Climbing Sherpas on 26thMarch 2012 at ASTREK Climbing Wall. Among the participates; who are high altitude climbing sherpas, Mr. Mingma Sherpa won the competition. Similarly Mr. Phura Nuru Sherpa became 2ndand Mr. Pasang Temba Sherpa came 3rd. This competition has helped in developing climbing skill of the sherpas and also boosted their confidence level.

group photo

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