Kutumba celebrates 10th anniversary with Double Grammy nominee Jamie Catto
May 8 2014, With the joint effort of City Museum Kathmandu (CMK) and Pasang Lhamu Foundation, a concert that featured famous Nepalese instrumental band Kutumba and double Grammy nominated British artist Jamie Cato (1 giant leap), was organized at Durbarmarg based City Museum Kathmandu. The entire revenue collected during the concert would be used to support the families of mountaineers who died during last month’s avalanche in the Everest.
Gathering before the event kicked off
The event entitled Khumbila, also marked the 10th anniversary of Kutumba. The concert was kicked off at 7:15 pm with the melodious tune by the first all-girl’s instrumental band of Nepal, Shree Tara. Right after the melodious tune Taal ko Pani by Shree Tara, the stage was occupied by Jamie and Kutumba band. Other national artists who performed during the fundraising event were the contemporary folk bands the Night, Aaveg and the Bangalore based Nepali artist RHL.
An image at CMK Gallery Shop
Prior to the concert the attendees also observed the CMK Galleries where the artists from ArtLab, Kailash Kumar Shrestha, Sudeep Balla and Kane Alexander of Australia participated.
The wicked avalanche swept away the lives of 16 Sherpas who were the Icefall Doctors for Everest Expedition 2014. This is the deadliest accident that ever happened in the Everest. Early morning April 18, 2014 every Nepali mourned as every national and international Television channels broadcasted the News of avalanche on Everest. Avalanches occur throughout the year but this time it was a peak season of Everest Expedition and eventually, Sherpas had lot to do.
Because of the ice boulders which led to the deceitful Khumbu Icefall, the avalanche struck the Sherpas at 6:45 AM on Friday at 5,800 meters in the Popcorn Field, the region between the Everest Base Camp and Camp I. The task of Icefall Doctors begins early morning, so several Sherpa Icefall Doctors were already on their mission since 3:00 AM on that day. Suddenly a large ice boulder hanging on the glacier broke off and splitted into pieces, tumbling down several thousand feet to the Icefall where the Sherpas were working. The Sherpas had no place to escape and their only choice was to surrender.
Bodies of thirteen Icefall Doctors have been recovered whereas; three are still missing in the mountains. Six Sherpas injured during the catastrophic accident in the mountains are now being treated in the hospitals of Kathmandu.
Sixteen happy families have been shattered into pieces. One of them is of Ang Kaji Sherpa’s. Aged 36, Ang Kaji Sherpa was the member of five successful Everest Expeditions. He was planning to retire after 10 triumphant summits over world’s highest peak Everest. On 13th April 2014, he spoke to her daughter and asked her to pray for him as the weather wasn’t fair enough. Fate wasn’t favoring the family and prayers remained unheard and hence unlucky six cost him his life, leaving behind his six helpless dependants with lifelong grieves.
The highly skilled and experienced team of Sherpa Icefall Doctors play the most vital role for any successful expedition to Everest from the Nepalese side of the mountain. They really are the architects who construct the easy road to Everest summit to all the climbers who pay heavy amount to achieve the permission for Everest Expedition. Before the climbers begin towards the world’s zenith these Sherpas fix several ladders across the deep crevasses, they also fix thin nylon ropes at open ends to guide the climbers as well as to prevent mishaps. These Sherpas are the ones who confront the challenges of Everest Expedition, so that the climbers can follow their trails to achieve the biggest adventurous milestone- conquering Everest.
Explore Himalaya expresses heartfelt condolences and prays for the strength to bear the irrecoverable loss to all the beavering families of brave Sherpas who lost their lives during this biggest tragedy in the Everest. May your souls peacefully rest in heaven.
Everest High Passes Trek is globally considered one of the most challenging treks. Also known as “3 Passes Trek” the trek starts at Lukla and winds through the traditional Everest Base Camp Trial till Dingboche 4410m. Nangkar Tshang 5616m could be an ideal day hike activity from Dingboche before the trek enters the Chukkung Valley. Cross Passing Kongma La Pass 5535m once again the 3 Passes Trek enters Khumbu Valley. Exploring Kalapattar 5545m and Everest Base Camp 5357m, the Everest High Passes Trek then heads towards the famous Gokyo Valley. On the way, climbing Awi Peak 5245m could be an interesting part of the trek. Cross passing Cho La Pass 5330m, the trek officially enters the Gokyo Valley. Gokyo Valley, the valley Lakes is the prime highlight of the Trek. Gokyo Ri 5360m, a ridge above the valley which offers the stunning views of Everest and Makalu is a bonus reward at Gokyo Valley. The final part of the trek winds through Renjo La Pass 5360m and slides down to Lukla via Lumde, Thame, Namche and Monjo. Everest High Passes not only test the trekkers endurance, it also offers the natural and cultural highlights of three major valleys at the base of Everest; Chukkung (Imja), Khumbu and Gokyo.
Three New Zealanders, Ms. Grayling Colleen, Mr. Kevin Cruickshank and Mr. John Pope with an American trekker Mr. Brown Sean were on this challenging 3 Passes trek with us. After the completion of the trek the group also enjoyed the wildlife activities at Chiwan National Park.
Here we have a short testimonial by Ms. Colleen and Mr. Kevin after the completion of their trekking and wildlife holiday in Nepal.
The sceneries and the landscapes during High Passes Trek where we also had an opportunity to meet kind local people and the wildlife activities at Chitwan are the best memories of this Holiday.
The service of Explore Himalaya was very good; the staffs were very helpful, guide was excellent and the hotels we stayed in were great.
We would definitely recommend Explore Himalaya to friends and family.
Ted Atkins demonstrates Top Out Oxygen while from right to left- Mr. Dawa Chiri Sherpa summiter of eight 8000ers and four time Everest summiter, American climber Michael Roy Chambers from Flying Kites, supposed to be Kenyan first Everest climber Tobby Obbayi and British Climber Toby Mark Tyrell observe it.
Explore Himalaya is organizing a private Kenyan Expedition to Everest. The Expedition powered by the Chase Bank Kenya and Kenyan and International Companies includes Steve Obbayi, a Kenyan climber aged 39. Obbayi if conquers Everest would be the first Kenyan to do it. Michael Roy Chambers from Flying Kites accepts challenges of any kind to support the abandoned children of Africa. A member of this expedition Chambers, loves to raise US $ 100,000 for his children in Africa after overcoming the battle with Everest this autumn. Obbayi and Chambers will be accompanied by Toby Mark Tyrell, a British climber during the Everest Expedition 2014. Through this adventurous endeavor Steve and Tobby want to raise the funds for proper sanitation projects in Africa.
On 27 March, the day before their flight to Lukla, a starting point of this challenging mission the Everest Expedition Team was here with us at Explore Himalaya Office. The team had a short workshop with Ted Atkins, Oxygen Engineer from Top Out Oxygen. The workshop had sessions on using Top Out Oxygen and mask in risk free manner and more efficiently.
The team visits the house of famous Mountain journalist Ms. Elizabeth Hawley
The same day the team also visited the famous mountain journalist Ms. Elizabeth Hawley in Kathmandu. During the conversation with Ms. Hawley Everest Expedition Team grabbed a basic Rule of Priority in the mountains. Good health, Enjoy and Summit- afterall the mountains aren’t going anywhere. After the visit to Ms. Hawley the team went to Tourism Board to fulfill the mandatory procedures before the expedition.
Everything set- the team at the office of Tourism Board in Kathmandu
Four time Everest summiter Dawa Chiri Sherpa, five timer Karma Gyalzen Sherpa and the six time Everest conqueror Mr. Temba Sherpa are accompanying the Everest Expedition Team 2014. Three American citizens Mr. Bryan Dalessandro, Ms. Navah Rebecca Dalessandro and Ms. Eliazer Mercedes are trekking with the Expedition Team till the Everest Base Camp. The Everest Expedition Team 2014 will also climb Lobuche Peak for the acclimatization purpose. Michael Chambers also has plans to summit another 8000er, Lhotse during the expedition.
Ms. Eliazer Mercedes from Toilet Hackers– she joined the team little later but she is very much excited about the Everest Base Camp Trek and the Everest Expedition.
Island Peak 6173m, a stunning mountain in the Everest region could be climbed in just one day.Challenges to conquer the peak best suits the novice climbers however, skilled mountaineers can enjoy to the fullest during the expedition of Island Peak. The trial to Island Peak cross passes culturally unique Sherpa hamlets and lush vegetation to barren yet, dramatically contrast snowy and rocky landscapes dominated by towering peaks. Proper acclimatization during the trek to Island Peak and caring guidance by veteran Sherpa climbers makes you feel very special throughout the trek. On reaching the summit of Island Peak which is one of the vantage points for the close-up view of high peaks of the Everest region, climber excitement simply goes to the highest limit.
Autumn 2013, Mr. Clement Irbil and Mr. Rasmus Hansen from Denmark successfully made to the summit of Island Peak. Earlier to this, they conquered Pokhalde Peak . The climbers from our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel shared their experiences of the trek and Island Peak Expedition.
Standing on the top of Island Peak,!WOW!, the memory that would remain forever. We would rate our host 5 stars for providing us an incredible holiday in the mountains of Everest Region.
The trip to Nepal began perfectly. The city staffs of the company were professional, helpful, flexible and smooth. The hospitality we experienced was amazing. Hotel rooms and food were great.
The guide and the staffs during the trek were exceptionally good, highly experienced and helpful. We would specially thank our guides Temba Sherpa and Lhakpa. The expedition to Island Peak became easier and more interesting with their wonderful support.