Eco-Everest Clean Up Expedition – Mount Everest, Nepal
Every year, hundreds of foreign and local trekkers attempt to reach Mount Everest or Sagarmatha – the world's highest peak. Additionally, thousands of tourists gather to witness the natural beauty of the mountain. But the increasing number of climbers and tourists to Mount Everest has put a lot of strain on the fragile eco-system, resulting in heaps of waste all the way from base camp to the peak. Furthermore, over the years, climatic changes in the region have caused snow to melt and reveal the waste hidden for decades – everything from oxygen cylinders and tents to climbing equipment.
Each of us has a responsibility towards maintaining the balance in the environment we live in and Xpress Money understands its responsibility as a corporate to give back to Mother Nature. With this thought, we supported Asian Trekking (P) Ltd. – a leading organizer of treks and expeditions in Nepal and Tibet, to launch the 'Xpress Money Eco-Everest Expedition 2012', a unique clean up expedition focused on Mount Everest.
The idea was to climb to the peak in an eco-sensitive manner and bringing down waste from the peak. The expedition used alternative energy solutions like the parabolic solar cookers, solar energies for lighting and SteriPENs for water purification. The expedition was led by Dawa Steven Sherpa, Managing Director, Asian Trekking, Nepal and Apa Sherpa, world record holder with 21 ascents to Mount Everest.