Ice caves at Khumbu glacierDid you know that close to 1.4 billion people depend on glacier fed rivers and springs of Himalayas, for water.Melting of ice has always been a process in any glacial region but due to rise in temperature this process is getting faster than its supposed to be, which will have catastrophic impact for climbers and people living below of Khumbu glacier.Being a photographer I wanted to see the icefall during the day. As most people prefer to climb at night which is relatively safe but in my case I started late so that I could see lights coming through the icefall.When the light hits the icebergs we could hear ice crackle and even the crampons could not perform well as all ice turns soft and watery which makes it difficult to walk.In picture: Guru Jen Jen Bhote, who was assisting my climb and was also assigned to collect trash onwards basecamp.
At the summit
On 21 May 2019, Samir Jung Thapa, Director of Photography, successfully summited Mt. Everest, 8848 m (29,028 ft).
The water towers
The Himalayas feed the rivers and stream which serves more than 2 billion people. With rise in temperature, the glaciers are melting faster than they should be. So the urgency to alter this changing climate is now!!
Everest base camp
Everest base camp on the south side of Everest at 5,364 m (17,598 ft)
Gumba, Sindhupalchok, Nepal
Bouddha after earthquake
The way of life
Bally Peak Outlook
Inspired by Bally’s pioneering heritage, Peak Outlook marks our long-term commitment to preserve the world’s most extreme mountain environments. The initiative began in Spring 2019 with the sponsorship of a critical clean-up expedition which successfully removed two tons of waste, helping to restore the pristine landscape between Everest Base Camp and its iconic peak.
Led by Dawa Steven Sherpa and his team of experienced climbers and guides, the expedition also engaged Jamling Tenzing Norgay, son of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, who while wearing Bally boots made history in first reaching Mount Everest’s summit alongside Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953.
While previous clean-ups have been limited to areas between Base Camp and Everest’s mid-point at Camp 2, Bally’s expedition reached the summit. The first ton of debris and waste was collected during the initial expedition, with over half cleaned up in the "Death Zone" – above 8000m. A second ton was collected by an additional crew who returned to Base Camp at the season's end. This is the first time ever that a clean-up has been initiated at the end of the season. _
A heartfelt thanks to:
Jamling Tenzing Norgay Dawa Steven Sherpa and his crew: Karma Tshering Lama, Dafuri Sherpa, Dawa Jangbu Sherpa and Guru Jen Jen Bhote Samir Jung Thapa
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