Mount Everest has always been an icon for mountaineers all over the world. Up until 29th of May 1953, this formidable mountain stood unconquered. Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay changed that and open 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 on the mountain every year.
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 around Mountain Everest.
Little do we think that climbing Everest is only about the mountaineer, it goes much further 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 also act upon the issues that have arose with the environment, Sherpa’s well being and the culture of the people living in areas of mountaineering.
- May 13th 2010 – Dhaulagiri Golden Jubilee Celebration.
- May 29th 2010 – Everest Clean up 2011 Program Meeting.
- ESA is coordinating a meeting between its board members, the Ministry of Tourism, NTB and other tourism and mountaineering associations to discuss the Everest 2011 clean-up program, Tourism and Environmental issues.
- 2010 Spring Garbage Assessment.
- This coming spring, we are sending a team to assess the amount of rubbish currently on the mountain from Base Camp up to 8,000 meters. We hope this will give us an accurate idea of what needs bringing down in the 2011 clean up campaign.
- 2011 Everest Clean Up Program.
- We hope that this will be our biggest and best program, to remove all the rubbish on Mount Everest and to make the area from above Base Camp as a permanent garbage free zone.