Apa Sherpa, who recently scaled Mount Everest (8848m) for the record 21st time, has declared that this year’s ascent to the world’s tallest mountain is going to be his last one. Apa who is 51 years old led the Eco Everest Expedition 2011 this season with the mission to spread awareness on climate change and its adverse impact on the Himalayan Mountains. His team collected and disposed 1,100 kg of trash littered on the highest climbing trails of the world.
Talking to media persons in the capital Apa Sherpa disclosed his decision to bid goodbye to future Everest ascents. He said that he would devote his time in writing a memoir about his climbing experiences and mountaineering and raise awareness on protecting the mountain environment.
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