Highest Cabinet Meeting at Gorakh Shep

Posted Nov 30th, 2009 under Special Events,

At a press conference held on 29th November at NTB’s auditorium hall, members of the press and media were briefed about the climate themed Cabinet Meeting to be held in Gorakh Shep, Everest Base Camp on 4th December 2009. The meeting was well attended by members of the press & media, tourism officials, Everest summitteers and mountaineers.
The main speakers during the event were Minister of Tourism – Mr. Sarat Singh Bhandari, Minister of Forests – Mr. Deepak Bohara, Minister of Environment Mr. Thakur Prasad Sharma and Planning & Operation Coordinator of the event, Mr. Suman Pandey ( President, Explore Himalaya).
In order to highlight the impact of global warming on the Himalayan glaciers twenty-six cabinet ministers, together with staff, will fly to Kalapatthar plateau at Gorakh Shep, Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 17,192 feet on December 4th 2009 and hold a cabinet meeting. This special climate- themed meeting has been scheduled ahead of the UN summit on Climate Change at Copenhagen.
Emphasizing the impact of the climate change, Minister of Tourism Sarat Singh Bhandari said, “In the long run it is the third world countries like Nepal that is going to suffer. The global climate change will affect our economy, flora and fauna and obstruct developmental works. We need to highlight how the global climate change is adversely effecting our mountain environment and melting our glaciers.”
Answering to press queries honorable Minister of Forests, Mr. Deepak Bohara said that the entire cost of the highest Cabinet Meeting will be borne by private sector companies. The Government is only contributing Re.1/- for the programme.
Outlining the program to be held in Gorakh Shep, Mr. Suman Pandey , Planning & Operation Coordinator said , “The ministers will be flown to Lukla from Kathmandu on 3rd December, where they will stay overnight to acclimatize. The following day a press conference will be held at Shyangboche. After the press conference the ministers will be flown by MI 17 helicopters to Gorakh Shep. A team of Everest summiteers, with emergency oxygen back up will be there at the venue to oversee the meeting arrangement.
The cabinet meeting will be followed by a quick photo session. The whole operation will be complete within 20 minutes and the Ministers will be flown back by MI 17 helicopters.”
Nepal Television will broadcast the event live from Gorakh Shep.

Nepal mountaineering Association, Trekking Agents’ Association of Nepal, Natural Trust of nature conservation, Everest Summiteers Association, Expedition Operator Association, Himalayan Rescue Association, Union of Asian Alpine Association, Explore Himalaya , all the domestic airlines operating in Nepal are sponsoring the cabinet meet.

R-L : Deepak Bohara (Minister of Forests), Mr. Sarat singh bhandari (Tourism Minister), Mr.Suman Pandey (Planning & Operation Coordinator)

Hon’ble Tourism Minister Sarat Singh Bhandari addressing the gathering

Planning & Operation Coordinator of the event , Mr.Suman Pandey responding to reporters’ queries

Mr. Suman Pandey – Outlining the programme schedule for the Highest Cabinet Meeting

Photos: Usha Rai

Everest Skydive 2009 – Photo Highlights

Posted Oct 29th, 2009 under Photo Essay, Skydive,

Photos of Everest Skydive 2009

Ganesh Pandey with tandem master Tom Noonan making a tandem jump , above 25,000 feet (Photo: Wendy Smith)

Wing Commander Jai Kishan of IAF , on his canopy, flying past Pumori peak (Photo : Gorakh Bista)

Jai Kishan ( Photo : Gorakh Bista)

Tom Noonan (Photo: Gorakh Bista)

Members of the ESD team at Shyangboche with Fishtail Air’s AS 350 B3 (Photo: Gorakh Bista)

Everest Skydive – Skydivers Jump from 25,000 feet

Posted Oct 16th, 2009 under Company News, Skydive,

This morning five members from the Explore Himalaya skydive team made four solos and one tandem jump from a height of 25,000 feet at Shyangboche in the Everest region.

In the first batch Tom Noonan (USA), Ian Bishop (Australia) and Jay Kishan (India) made solo jumps at 10:30 AM (local time). In the second batch, world record holder and chief co-ordinator of the team, Wendy Smith (New Zealand) made a solo jump, while Ganesh Pandey (Nepal ) made a tandem jump with tandem master Tom Noonan (USA) at 12:30 PM (local time).

The jumps were made from Tara Air’s Pilatus Porter aircraft, piloted by Jack Sparrow (UK) and Praful Baidya (Nepal). Jack Sparrow has performed more then 4,000 lifts (flights for skydiving) in Europe. He is preparing to launch the first skydiving club in Asia, ThaiSky Adventures.

Explore Himalaya is the first agency in Nepal to commercially organize the Everest Skydive . In 2008 Explore Himalaya organized the first ever Everest Skydiving event in partnership with a UK based adventure company High & Wild.

Everest Views

Posted Jun 22nd, 2009 under Photo Essay,

Soaring Vistas : Mount Everest (8848m)

Twilight at Mt Everest: The setting sun casting a golden glow above the pinnacles

Everest Advanced Base Camp
Mount Everest Advanced Base Camp (ABC) – Tibet side

Everest Base Camp – Tibet Side

Soaring above the clouds – Mount Everest as seen  from a flight to Tibet

Everest Expedition
View from the summit

Mount Everest & Gokyo Lake

Trekkers trudge up the Gokyo Lake

Everest from Gorak Shep
Everest as seen from Gorak Shep (5160m)

Prayer flags offering a colourful relief: at Kala Pattar –  Everest Base Camp Trek

Trekkers take a breather & enjoy the panoramic view of  Everest and Ama Dablam rearing up in the background

Mount Everest’s  north face , as seen from Rongbuk, Tibet

Panoramic view of Mount Everest and surrounding mountains

GKN Everest Mission in 2007 – Bear Grylls (of Discovery Channel’s ‘Man Vs Wild’ fame) flying in his paramotor in front of Everest

Everest Skydive
Everest Skydive – the most elite adventure on top of the world

View of Everest from aboard  Fishtail Air’s heli- flight over Mount Everest

To trek to the base of  Everest, to reach the summit of Everest, to fly atop Everest , to skydive above Everest, these are but some of the world’s best adventures  offered by Explore Himalaya. If you are eager to  participate in any of these  adventures , then contact us at enquiry@explorehimalaya.com.

UN Human Rights EBC Trek Group in Nepal

Posted Apr 20th, 2009 under Photo Essay,

Danish Human Rights EBC Trekking Group visit  PA(Prisoners Assistance) Nepal, Children’s Home in Sankhu

On 19th April , some of us  from Explore Himalaya accompanied Kipling Travels‘ Danish trekking group (who had trekked to EBC under the UN Human Rights banner) to Sankhu, located about 20 km away from Kathmandu.The group will donate a part of the funds raised from their trip to PA Nepal and some to Amnesty International.

PA Nepal  Children’s Home in SankhuThe home provides care and shelter to sixty children whose parents or parent are in prison. The home is run by social activist Indira Rana Magar. The unpainted building to the right is a school established by Indira for the children.She says, ” We had to open this school as the children were ocstracised while studying in other schools.Over here the teachers work under my guidance and the children gets to learn in an open and friendly environment.  Some children from the village also come to study over here.”

Indira Rana Magar, showing the visitors around

Group members interacting with the children

UN Human Rights Everest Trek Group in Nepal

Our trek to Everest Base Camp was really amazing, and that we were doing it for a special cause made this trip extra special… Nature and natural beauty in Nepal is really wonderful…I feel happy to be here among these kids . I think she (Indira Rana Magar) is really doing a great job of  raising them and taking care of them. We should all try to support and help her in this good work..Trine Moghaddam, Lab Technician, Novo Nordisk, Copenhagen

My mother is in jail and people call her a criminal, but I don’t consider her a criminal because she did what she had to do to feed and support us.In my eyes that’s not a crime…” –  Renu, an inmate of the home and daughter of a prisoner, sharing her story with the group

Children present a special program for the guests

Singing a  Danish song for the kids

The focus of our trek was to spread the message of universal Human Rights, and what better way to end our trip then with a visit here,  among these kids…–   Christian Iversen, Trek Leader, Kipling Travels, Denmark

[Photos: Usha Rai]

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