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Xpress Money flags off Eco-Everest Expedition 2012

~ Top climbers commence 58 day challenging expedition to clean Mt. Everest ~

Kathmandu, Nepal: 11th May, 2012 - Xpress Money, one of the fastest growing money transfer companies in the world, in conjunction with Asian Trekking (P) Ltd - a leading organizer of treks and expeditions in Nepal and Tibet, launched  ‘Xpress Money Eco-Everest Expedition 2012' a unique clean up expedition on Mount Everest or Sagarmatha- the world’s highest peak.

This year’s expedition would be led by Dawa Steven Sherpa, Managing Director, Asian Trekking, Nepal, and Apa Sherpa, the world record holder with 21 ascents to Mount Everest. Asian Trekking has been conscious about the waste around the mountain and has so far conducted four successful expeditions from 2008 - 2011.

Every year hundreds of foreign and local trekkers attempt to reach the summit. In addition, there are thousands of tourists who gather to witness the natural beauty of the mountain. The increasing number of climbers and tourists to Mount Everest are putting great strains on the fragile eco-system, resulting in heaps of waste from the base camp to the peak. The climatic changes has resulted in melting of the snow revealing the waste which has been hidden for decades including oxygen cylinders, tent and climbing equipment. The current expedition would focus to climb Mount Everest in an eco-sensitive manner and bring down waste from the peak. The expedition would use alternative energy solutions like the parabolic solar cookers, solar energies for lighting and the SteriPENs for water purification.

Mr. Vinesh Nair, Vice President - Global Marketing & Communication, Xpress Money said “Xpress Money understands the importance of conservation of the ecosystem and bio-diversity in Himalayas. The tie up between Xpress Money and Asian Trekking (P) Ltd., for Eco-Everest Expedition is an important movement for building sustainable livelihood of the mountain communities. This cleanup expedition would restore the beauty of the mountain and aid in awareness on the impact of climate change in this sensitive region,” he added.

Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa - Chairman, Asian Trekking (P) Ltd. said "The tourists arriving at Mount Everest from Nepal and overseas come with hope of experiencing the divine and the pristine feeling that one attains after witnessing the highest peak. We wish to restore this beauty of the summit for the future generations. This is our duty towards our country, ecosystem and Mount Everest,” he added

So far, Eco-Everest Expedition has brought down over 13,000 kgs of garbage from Mount Everest for proper disposal. In addition, four bodies were also recovered and brought down for a dignified burial and funeral. Every year the collected garbage is ferried down to the Base Camp where it is sorted into biodegradable waste which is handed over to the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC). The non-biodegradable garbage is brought down to Khumjung for further disposal and management.

About Xpress Money:

Xpress Money (a subsidiary of UAE Exchange Financial Services Ltd. In India) is a global money transfer brand with a thriving presence in more than 125 countries in 5 continents across 135,000 agent locations across the world. Working towards the goal of Bringing Home Closer to millions of migrants residing away from their homes, Xpress Money has come to be known as the most dependable international money transfer brand. Xpress Money provides its customers a simple, fast & safe way to transfer money anywhere in the world through innovative technology, superior customer service and its extensive worldwide network. For more information, visit www.xpressmoney.com

About Asian Trekking Pvt. Ltd.:

Established in 1982 by Ang Tshering Sherpa as a family business, Asian Trekking continues to maintain high standards of professionalism and quality services catering to the needs of the discerning traveler: individuals, families and friends. Logistic support and government liaison for mountaineering expeditions, treks and tours in Nepal and Tibet are its specialties.

Eco Everest Expedition, Ammadablam Expedition, Lhotse Expedition, Cho Oyu Expedition, Manaslu Expedition, Makalu Expedition, Annapurna Expedition, Shisapangma Expedition are some of the well known expeditions organized by Asian Trekking.

Media Contacts:

Ms. Gunjan Sinha, Xpress Money, gunjan.sinha@xpressmoney.com, +971 2 652 1407.

Mr. Manibalan Manoharan, Adfactors PR Pvt. Ltd., manibalan.manoharan@adfactorspr.com,
+91 9833 949 919

Mr. Kamalprit Singh, Adfactors PR Pvt. Ltd., kamalprit.singh@adfactorspr.com, +91 8879 151 110