Mount Everest has always been an icon for mountaineers all over the world. Until 29th of May 1953, this formidable mountain stood unconquered. Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa changed that and opened up a whole new dimension of mountaineering. The mountain is now the most revered peak in the world and thousands of people make summit attempts every year.
However, the environmental impact that mountaineers have had on this mountain has not gone unnoticed. Nor has the social and cultural impact expeditions have on the Sherpa people that inhabit the area.
Little do we think that climbing Everest is only about the mountaineer, it goes way beyond that. The path of a mountaineer, successful or unsuccessful, touches the lives of many and also impacts the environment. With that in mind, we have formed this association to raise awareness and to act upon the issues that have arose with the environment, Sherpa people’s well being and to preserve the culture of the people living in area.
ESA in Copenhagen
11 Dec. 2009
27 Nepali Everest summiteers including the 19-times Everest climber Apa Sherpa (Advisor of ESA), led the march in front of the Danish Parliament Square in Copenhagen city on Friday. President of ESA Wongchu Sherpa, General Secretary of ESA Diwas Pokhrel, Legendary Nepali climbers known as snow leopard Ang Rita Sherpa, Min Bahadur Sherchan who climbed the Everest at the age of 76, Treasurer of ESA/Nepal Television reporter Mingmar Dorji Sherpa, Secretary of ESA, Ms. Maya Sherpa and Executive Member Lakpa Rangdu Sherpa also participated during the March. Summiteers participants went from Kathmandu, Nepal under the leadership of Wongchu Sherpa (President of ESA).
The event was organized to raise awareness about the climate change.