Legendary Nepalese mountaineer completes Great Himalayan Trail
Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 25, 2012
Legendary Nepalese mountaineer Apa Sherpa created yet another mountaineering milestone by traversing the 1,449 km Great Himalaya Trail between Taplejung in the far east Nepal to Darchua in the far-West in 88 days.
Apa, a record 21-time Everest summiteer, and his team traversed the trail from Ghunsa in Taplejung crossing almost 10 of the world’s over 8,000 meters summits.
The theme of the traverse, flagged off by President Ram Baran Yadav, was not mountaineering but to create awareness among the people regarding climate change impacts in the mountain region.
51-year-old Apa started his epic trek from eastern Nepal on January 24 and concluded at Darchula district on April 20, said the Asian Trekking, the organiser of the event.
“People in the mountains must be given livelihood opportunities that also address threats from climate change,” Apa said.
“The experience of walking the entire length of Nepal’s Himalayas has made me even more committed in my resolve to speak for the mountains and mountain communities,” he said.