Leanna Shuttleworth, an eighteen year old British climber is on a quest to make a new record this climbing season by climbing Mount Everest and Lhotse within 24 hours. She has already climbed six of the seven highest summits and her Everest summit will complete her Seven Summits Challenge making her the youngest British woman to carry out the feat. Leanna will be making her twin summit bid in April 2012.
Here are some interesting facts and figures compiled by Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa of Asian Trekking on mountaineering expeditions to the major peaks in Nepal & Tibet. He had compiled this list with information gathered from: Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (Government of Nepal),China Tibet Mountaineering Association, Nepal Mountaineering Association and the archives of Miss Elizabeth Hawley.
Facts & Figures Total number of Mount Everest ascents (from 1953 to Spring 2011) stands at 5584, with 3448 climbers reaching the summit of Everest. In Spring 2011 there were 375 ascents to Mount Everest from Nepal side. Out of 234 foreign climbers, 156 summited Mt.Everest. After Nepalese, Americans, British and Indians had the highest number of summiteers on Everest with 39, 27 and 19 summitteers respectively.
The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal issued a total of 92 permits to Mountaineering teams to various expedition peaks in this spring season of 2011. Of these, 23 were permits for foreign Mt. Everest expedition teams. There were 65 foreign Expedition teams (consisting of 465 foreign climbers) to various other mountains. The most number of climber (besides Nepalis) on the Expedition Peaks were from USA with 129 climbers, India with 48 climbers and UK with 36 climbers.
Nepal Mountaineering Association issued permits to447 climbing teams with total 2015 foreign climbers in Spring 2011 for climbing various NMA peaks. The highest number of climbers were from the UK with 258 climbers, second were Germans with 240 climber and USA with 190 climbers.
Total economic contribution from Mt. Everest Expedition teams in Spring 2011 was USD 90,15,978, while from other Mountaineering Expedition teams & NMA Peak climbing teams the contribution was USD 67,36,631 & USD71,98,35,625 respectively.
Expeditions on Tibetan Peaks (Spring , 2011)
This climbing season, on the Tibet side of Mt. Everest, there were 17 teams with 139 foreign climbers. 46 foreign climbers,56 Sherpas and 29 Chinese/ Tibetan climbers reached the top of Mt. Everest from North Side this Spring Season. Mt. Cho-Oyu had 10 groups with a total of 112 climbers (including Sherpas). 11 foreign climbers and 12 Sherpas were successful in reaching the summit of Mt. Cho-Oyu. While 8 teams with a total of 60 climbers (including sherpas) ascended Mt. Shishapangma. Only 16 foreign climbers and 7 sherpas could reach the summit of Mt. Shishapangma (from both the South Face and the Normal Route (North Side)).
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.
The Everest Peace Project’strek to Everest Base Camp concluded recently. Lance Trumbull, the leader of the expedition has been kind enough to share some photographs of the trek with us. Here are some images from the Everest Peace Project’s trek to Everest Base Camp. (Read our earlier blog post)
Everest Peace Project’s team at Kala Patthar
Expedition Leader Lance Trumbull
Lance with Explore Himalaya’s Sherpas
Team – Everest Peace Project
Mount Everest(left) & Nuptse(right)
Khumbu ice fall & a helicopter flying over it
Inside Tengboche Monastery
A little Sherpa girl & Mount Ama Dablam in the background
(Photos Courtesy: The Everest Peace Project,www.EverestPeaceProject.org)
A press conference & felicitation programme was organized by the Directorate of Sports & Youth Affairs, Government of Arunachal Pradesh , India and Explore Himalaya to felicitate Miss Tine Mena’s successful ascent to Mount Everest on 9th May 2011, thus becoming the First Female climber from the 7 North-Eastern state of India & the First Indian to Summit Mount Everest this season. Attending the Press Conference, which was held at Shakti Hotel, Thamel, were officials Ministry of Tourism, tourism entrepreneurs and media personnels.
Apart from Ms. Mena’s mountaineering achievements, Dr.K.R. Meetei, I/c Adventure Cell Directorate of Sports & Youth Affairs, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh and Leader of the Team Arunachal Everest Expedition 2011 also informed the gathering about a possible partnership with Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure for exploring the hidden adventure potentials of Arunachal Pradesh and an Indo-Nepal friendship motor rally from Kathmandu to North East States of India in the coming years.