The “Summiteers’ Summit”, launched by the Government of Nepal, will take place on December 11th, coinciding with the 15th Conference of the United Nations Framework for Climate Change (COP-15), to be held in Denmark’s capital on Dec 7-18th. Dec 11th has also been appointed as ‘International Mountain Day’.
Nepal is sending 19-times Everest summiteer Apa Sherpa and Dawa Steven Sherpa as representatives to the summit. The government has also extended invitations to famous mountaineers like Junko Tabei, Reinhold Messner, Peter Habeler, Maurice Herzog, Kurt Diemberger, Chris Bonington, Ken Noguchi, Ed Viesturs, Veikka Gustaffson, etc – in addition to celebrity politicians such as Bill Clinton and Al Gore.
Nepal’s European embassies will meanwhile mobilize all expats currently located in the EU. “We are confident that at least a 1,000 people will easily be mobilized for the Copenhagen march,” Dawa steven said at a press conference at Nepal Tourism Board on 2nd Nov. “Nepal was known to the world thanks to the Himalayas, so that now it is the climbers’ duty to come together to save the Range.”