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Triumph on Everest- A Tribute from the Sherpas of Nepal

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Item Code: UAT715
Author: Ang Rita Sherpa and Susan Hoivik
Publisher: Mandala Book Point, Nepal
Language: English
Edition: 2003
ISBN: 9789993310228
Pages: 162 (Throughout B/w and Color Illustrations)
Other Details 8.50 X 5.50 inch
Weight 280 gm
Book Description
Back of the Book
The Mountain Institute is an international non-governmental organisation committed to conserving mountain environments and advancing mountain livelihoods and cultures. TMI has worked with mountain people in the Appalachian Mountains, the Andes and the Himalayas for more than 30 years, helping local populations identify and respond to their conservation and sustainable development priorities.

Current programs include the Qomolangma Conservation Project conserving the north side of Mt. Everest in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, the USAID Funded project in Eastern Nepal, the Kanchenjunga Conservation Activities funded by the MacArthur Foundation; and PEAK enterprise programmes in the Tibet Autonomous Region. All these focus on improving local communities abilities to strengthen their livelihoods while preserving the long term health of ecosystems.

ECO HIMAL: DEVELOPMENT CO-OPERATION ALPS-HIMALAYA Eco Himal, the Society for Ecological Co-operation Alps-Himalaya, a non-profit INGO, has been working with local grass-roots organisations in the Himalayas stice 1992. In line with the principles of Austrian Development Co-operation, its projects aim at generating income and bringing long-term benefits to the lives of the local population, in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Its activities in and around the Everest area include the 620 kW Hydropower Plant Thame-Namche, with the Drinking Water and Sewage System in Namche Bazaar; the Mountaineering School Thame; the Rolwaling Eco Tourism Project; CD recordings of Sherpa music; and the Integrated Rural Development Project in Makalu-Barun National Park and Buffer Zone. Together with a Tibetan partner organisation, Eco Himal also conducts projects in remote areas of Tibet. The work of Eco Himal is financed through the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with additional support from private donors.

About the Book
Fifty years ago - on 29 May 1953 - Mount Everest itself was finally scaled. When Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa of Nepal stood on the summit, this marked the culmination of decades of reconnaissance and climbing attempts. The world of mountaineering would never be the same again.

It was not only mountaineering that was transformed by the events of that day. The Sherpa people and their Himalayan heartland of Solu Khumbu in Nepal became the focus of global attention. Their world would never be the same again either.

With climbing expeditions and trekkers flowing into the Everest region, changes were inevitable - both positive and negative. It is largely thanks to the vision and devotion of one man, Sir Edmund Hillary, that so-many-positive transformations have been possible in health and education, environment and conservation.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the triumph of Mount Everest, the Himalayan Trust Advisory Committee takes pride in presenting this volume, a tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary from the Sherpa people of Nepal. Compiled and edited at The Mountain Institute and Eco Himal, it provides a broad picture of Everest and its mountaineers but also of the Everest region and the lives and experiences of its people over the past 50 years.

About the Author
Ang Rita Sherpa, from Khunde village in Solu Khumbu, has 15 years of professional experience in protected areas, eco-tourism, and sustainable development projects. After graduating from Lincoln College University (New Zealand) in 1986, with a Diploma in Parks & Recreation and Tourism, he started as field assistant for the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation. Since 1988 he has been working with The Mountain Institute, where he has been involved with the Makalu-Barun National Park and Buffer Zone and other TMI projects, including Qomolangma Nature Preserve in Tibet, Sikkim in India and Langtang National Park in Nepal. He now holds the position of Senior Program Officer at TMI.

In 2000 he completed his Masters Degree in Protected Landscape Management from the University of Wales, UK, by distance learning. He has also served as volunteer with the US National Parks Service, in Yellowstone Grand Tetón and other parks.

Susan Hoivik Susan Hoivik holds degrees from Columbia University, New York; Leeds University, UK; and the University of Oslo, Norway. With work experience from Norway, Mexico and Tanzania, she has devoted much of the past decade to living and working in Nepal - as trekker, teacher, anthropologist, practising Buddhist, environmental volunteer, and VSO teacher-trainer in Far Western Nepal and with Eco Himal's Rolwaling Eco Tourism Project.

The author/co-editor of four books on Nepal, she divides her time between Eco Himal in Nepal and her work in editing, translation and adult education in Norway, where she lives in a small log cabin in the woods.

I am pleased to join Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpa people of Nepal in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the historic first ascent Mt. Sagarmatha by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary, on 29 May 1953. This is a moment for reflection - not only on the golden jubilee, but also for looking back on the positive changes that have come to our society in Nepal.

My association with Sir Edmund Hillary dates back to 1961, when I was asked to join him in inaugurating the first Hillary school in Khumjung. Since that time, we have seen many changes in the Sherpa communities of the Solu Khumbu region of Nepal. Hillary's holistic, grass-roots approach has helped to pave the way for maintaining a healthy cultural and natural heritage in our homeland.

Sir Edmund Hillary's humanitarian support has brought positive changes, through education and health-care services. His vision, kindness and dedication have directly served the upliftment of the people of Solu Khumbu, as well as inspiring other charitable agencies. The founding of the Himalayan Trust has enabled continued support for building schools, bridges, hospitals, tree plantations, and restoring cultural sites. Sir Edmund was instrumental in personally supporting and encouraging others to help rebuild Tengboche Monastery, which burnt to the ground in 1989.

We are proud that Sir Edmund has chosen to celebrate the golden jubilee of Everest amidst the Sherpa people of Nepal despite other important engagements. On this auspicious occasion, we would like to express our deep appreciation for all that he has done for the people of Nepal. We are offering a special prayer, to wish there can be peace and happiness for all, that our benefactor Sir Edmund and his family will enjoy a long, healthy and prosperous life and that we will be able to celebrate together many further achievements.

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