Nepal – the country of Mt. Everest and Buddha

Nepal – the country of Mt. Everest and Buddha

21-time Mt. Qomolangma summitter awarded with Guinness World Record

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 28, 2012


KATHMANDU, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) — Nepal’s mountaineering legend Appa Sherpa was awarded with Guinness World Record (GWR) for climbing the highest mountain Mt. Qomolangma for 21 times on Monday.

GWR officials, who were in town since Saturday, took the opportunity of their arrival in Nepal to award Sherpa with the GWR award.

The 52-year-old Sherpa, who started to climb the mountains as a porter, holds the record as the only man in the world to ascend the Mt. Qomolangma for 21 times.

Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of the GWR, hailed Appa Sherpa as “a hero of the world”.

“It is an honor and a great privilege to hand over the certificate to Sherpa as he has proved that how much a person can do,” Glenday said.

While receiving the award, Appa Sherpa expressed his happiness and praised the GWR officers for being together with him since past 10 years.

“I am honored to receive this award from the chief of the GWR,” Sherpa said.

He also said that he will encourage a younger generation to follow his footsteps for the national sake.

Sherpa, with his other three colleagues, is on another mission of trekking all along the “Great Himalayan Trail”, a 120 days trekking with the purpose of enhancing awareness about the impacts of climate change on the Himalayas.

The total length of the trekking measures 1,700 km from East to West of Nepal and will take approximately 120 days to complete.

Asian Trekking writes:

Apa Sherpa felicitated with the Guinness World Record

Apa Sherpa, the Nepali climber who has conquered Mount Everest a record 21 times was felicitated with the Guinness World Record. On the 44th day of the Great Himalayan Trail-Climate Smart Celebrity Trek lead by Apa, Guinness World Record Editor-in-chief Mr. Craig Glenday and his team met him and handed over a certificate at a function at Shree Saraswati Higher Secondary School in Gyalthum, Sindhupalchowk. Apa is accompanied by Dawa Stephen Sherpa (two time Mt.Everest Summiteer), Saurabh Dhakal and Sameer Jung Thapa, as part of a campaign to promote tourism and highlight the impact of climate change. The team that plans to walk 1,700 km has covered seven districts and a distance of 590 km so far.

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“It feels great to receive this honour as Mr.Glenday himself has traveled this far to hand over the certificate. I feel proud to be identified all over the world,” Sherpa beamed. He further said, interacting with people is altogether a new experience to him and added, “Now onwards I will not climb up to the top of the world but I have been witnessing the hills and people for the last one and half months which has given me ample of opportunities to learn about the communities living in the vicinity of mountains”. Hundreds of people attending functions expressed their happiness with the honour bestowed on Sherpa.

On the other hand Mr. Glenday expressed his feeling as “What Sherpa has achieved is unbelievable. He is not just a local hero but hero of the world. He is an inspiration to millions of people. It is a great privilege to hand him the official certificate. “The trip to Nepal has been amazing so far. It feels like I’ve been here for ever,” he added.

The sherpa from Thame, Solukhumbu; home town of Everest Legend Tenzing Norgay first summited Everest on 1990. Last year on May he conquered Everest for the 21st time as the climbing leader of Eco Everest Expedition and became eligible for this award. He has shown his effort towards Everest clean up by engaging in Eco Everest Expedition since 2008 and continuing it for four consecutive years.  He made his 18th summit in 2008, 19th in 2009 and 20th in 2010 and with Eco Everest Expedition organized by Asian Trekking to raise awareness about the impact of climate change.

World’s one of the most popular blog Huffington Post wrote on 5/11/2011:

KATMANDU, Nepal — A Nepalese Sherpa on Wednesday broke his own record for most climbs of Mount Everest by scaling the world’s tallest peak for the 21st time.

Apa, who is leading an environmental expedition that plans to carry down tons of garbage left behind by past climbers, took advantage of good weather to reach the 29,035-foot (8,850-meter) summit with a group of other climbers, said Tilak Pandey, a government mountaineering official stationed at the base camp.

“They said they are enjoying the view and taking pictures on the summit,” said Ang Tshering of Asian Trekking, which organized the expedition.

Apa, who like many in the Himalayas’ Sherpa community uses only one name, grew up in the foothills of Everest and began carrying equipment and supplies for trekkers and mountaineers at age 12. He first climbed Everest in 1989 and has repeated the feat almost annually.

The 50-year-old Apa and his team climbed all night Tuesday and Wednesday morning before reaching the summit at 9:15 a.m. local time (0330 GMT).

Before leaving for the mountain in April, Apa had said his team planned to clear 8,800 pounds (4,000 kilograms) of garbage from the lower part of the mountain and another 2,200 pounds (1,000 kilograms) from near the summit.

Apa has long campaigned about the degradation he has seen on the Himalayan peaks due to global warming and other issues.

He said when he first began climbing Everest, the trail to the summit was covered with ice and snow. Now, it is dotted with bare rocks. The melting ice has also exposed deep crevasses, making expeditions more dangerous.

Apa moved to the United States in 2006 and lives in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper.

Apa has been nicknamed the “Super Sherpa” for his apparent ease with climbing the world’s tallest peak, according to AFP.

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