December 24, 2013
When we think of mountaineering, people wearing heavy jackets full of down, waterproof and breathable trousers, hiking boots etc come to our mind.
However, this may sound you wacky but it is true that two escapades are aiming to conquer Mt. Island peak (6189 meter) of Nepal, on their business suit this winter at a time when the mercury has fallen below minus 25 degree Censius, but with a cause.
The young adventurers from Australia, Danny Roberts-Clarke and David Grech, are attempting Mt. Island, also known as Imja Tse, with a mission to donate an orphanage with the fund they raise.
Talking to The Rising Nepal, David shared that the idea for suited escapades came from a trip to Nepal in 2012 to visit Everest Base Camp.
“It was during this trip that it became clear to me. I am so fortunate to have the time and opportunity to partake in these amazing things while so many others will never get the chance. From that moment onwards I decided that for every unique adventure I took part in, I would do my best to raise money or awareness for a local cause.”
He said that they had been to the Base Camp on their business suits for 19 days of trekking. “We had 3 business suits, 2 business shirts 5 ties and a briefcase,” he said.
“I hope to use this inaugural suited escapade to inspire others to challenge themselves whilst also showing that in doing so we can always help those in need.”
Asked about the risk during the adventure, he responded, “At 6,189 metres in the Himalayan winter with temperatures reaching -25°C a thirst for adventure and a worthy cause is all that is driving them.”
These two escapades are going to donate $ 40,000 to a children school in Pokhara, Kaski.
“We are raising money for a new building to house around 30 children in Pokhara, so that they may have a safer and healthier environment in which to live, learn and grow,” he said.
These young students have already participated in scores of charity works in many countries, including their homeland Australia.
Lauding their charity and adventure works, Danny said that it was their duty as a foreign tourist, whose flights may have cost more than a local’s yearly salary, to give back to the local people.
This demonstrates how much of an impact local charities supported by others can make in a community that needs their help.
Nepal is somewhere I have always wanted to visit. My father worked there as a guide for some time before I was born, and had always planned to take the family to see his spiritual home. We never got that chance, as he passed away in 2006 from a brain tumour, Danny said.
“This journey will bring me closer to him, and let me experience the place he loved so much,” he said.
Source & References
Pokharel, Y. 2013. Two escapades aim at conquering Island Peak on business suit, but with a beautiful cause. The Rising Nepal, [online] 22 December. Available at: http://trn.gorkhapatraonline.com/index.php/2012-10-16-04-54-48/6265-two-escapades-aim-at-conquering-island-peak-on-business-suit,-but-with-a-beautiful-cause.html [Accessed: 24 Dec 2013].
November 15, 2013
Are you interested to know something interesting things about Island Peak (6189m) in the Khumbu region of Nepal? The peak also recognized as Imja Tse adds the beauty of Everest region. The combination of Everest Base Camp Trek and Island Peak Climbing is probably the best adventure trip in Nepal. Besides, Island Peak Climbing fulfills the dream of every amateur and serious climber, who has been seeking the thrill of adventure climbing. The 7 things you would like to know about Island peak is given here.
- This mountain was named “Island Peak” in 1952 AD, by a climbing team of Eric Shipton, due to its striking location in the middle of the Chhukung valley, like an Island on a sea of ice. Island peak was first ascended in 1953 by a British team as preparation for climbing Everest.
- Among numbers of trekking peaks in Nepal, Island peak is the most popular that offers exhilarating climbing experience beyond simply trekking for novice climbers and trekkers alike. The climbing is physically demanding but not technically challenging.
- For many mountaineers climbing Island Peak marks the beginning of climbing on Himalayas to prepare for a big Himalaya expedition in Nepal.
- Island peak is an extension of the ridge that comes down from the south end of the Lhotse shar, situated at less than 10 kilometer away from the Everest.
- Island Peak not only provides an enjoyable climb but also provides some of the most spectacular scenery of Himalayas in the Everest region. Seen from the summit the giant mountains, Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) make a semi circle in the north. The views of Makalu (8475m) in the east, Baruntse and Amadablam in the south add more charm in climbing Island Peak.
- Descending from the peak, the route takes into many cultural sites, such as Pangboche, a traditional Sherpa village; Tangboche, famous for its ornately decorated Tibetan monasteries and Khumjung with Hillary school inside the clouds and mysterious Yeti scalp.
- The journey to Island Peak begins from and comes to conclusion at one of the most famous airstrip in the world, the Lukla Airport in the Khumbu region.
February 20, 2013
I wanted to thank Himalayan Glacier for the unforgetable trek that you provided 6 clients (me included) to Island Peak in October, 2011. My first contact with Himalayan Glacier was Tony Monaco. I could tell right away that I had called the right company to arrange and guide the trek. Tony helped me with every questions with great patience, and he was the reason that I settled on Himalayan Galcier. Please pass that on to Tony, with my thanks. Also, I wanted to ask you to thank our guide, Ashish, for me. He was always kind, and helpful, and I could not imagine having a better guide. The assistant guides (Mekhraj and Mingma) were also top-notch, as were the porters (whose names I forgot). Please tell Tony, Ashish, Mekhraj and Mingma
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December 27, 2012
I return recently from Nepal, were I did the program Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo &Everest Base Camp – 22 days, with Dorji as a guide and climbing guide Tenji in Chhunkung.
Your trip were excellent and all guides and porters have done an excellent work. Dorji and porters always pay attention in everything and were very professional. I can say that Dorji should be a climbing guide, because he were very good on climbing Island Peak.
I really hope that Himalyan Glacier continuos to do work in sense of give better conditions of work, better salaries and help porters and guides during low seasons, because guides and porters always do a excellent work with a smile in them faces. Never forget that porters and guides are the face of companies near costumers.
I am very glad to had Dorji as a guide and had the porters that he choose as my porters. They were very kindly and help me very much.
Thanks for everything.
November 27, 2012
We would like to say a huge THANK YOU VERY MUCH, we both had an amazing time and the everything that could possibly be done for us was done.
It has been amazing service from Himalayan Glacier from start to finish
Beforehand, all the help and communication for booking and preparing was superb,
But most of all i would like to tell you how good Deu and our porter Nabine were
I have never met 2 people so willing to help, always with a smile and always wanting to help.
Thier help with Emmas birthday cake and with champagne for our engagement will forever be remembered.
Thank you again and please pass on all our thanks to Deu and Nabin
Kerrin & Emma
July 5, 2012
As far as summitting went, no one attempted Lobuche – it was felt too difficult as we were quite tired at Gorak Shep, and we wanted to ensure we were not too exhausted to try Island Peak. That peak was also harder than I expected, but four of us were thrilled to make the summit, myself, Pete Adley, Forde Smith and Paul McCann got to the top. Tenzing is a great leader and is a patient, generous man, I felt very safe with him.
The only suggestion I have is that maybe a day of rest could be planned in the program. Some of the people in the group got quite tired after Dingboche and Lobuche, which is part of the reason we didn’t attempt Lobuche East. Maybe a day off, after the acclimatisation day at Dingboche would have helped. At the same time, maybe those people just weren’t prepared enough
I think that everything else went very smoothly for us, the tour in Kathmandu was very enjoyable, even for those that had done similar previously. Paul had been on a similar tour in India (I think) and he said he just got taken to a lot of shops, where he was expected to buy things. Your tour was nothing like that, and was interesting for the whole day.
The tea houses were well chosen, and the people were all friendly and happy to help us. The food was great, and Shanta brought fresh fruit along which was a great treat after dinners. The guides and porters were great people and very helpful, and the way they, and then yourself and Naba, dealt with Julie’s injury made me certain we chose the best company. She and John had only good things to say about how things went in the hospital and after, so thank you for that.
The way you helped with Last Resort was also more than I expected from you, you certainly went to great lengths to help make everything easy for us. This was the most satisfying thing you could do to impress clients i think.
I feel I have made a lot of new friends in your company, and i hope to stay in touch.
If I think of anything else I will let you know.
Have a great day, regards also to Naba, Shanta and the others, you are a great team.
August 30, 2011
Anyone considering climbing any peaks in the Everest Region during the Fall of 2012? Thinking about Mera or Lobuche East in late October early November. Any advice? Thanks CJ
April 13, 2011
Thanks again for the trip and for your good wishes, please say hello to MingMang and the rest of the team. I finally found some time to sort my pictures. The first one is the team on top of Island Peak and the other one at EBC.