Prez flags off Apa\'s GHT Trek

Published: 17th January, 2011
President Dr Ram Baran Yadav on Jan 12 handed over national flag to 21-time Everest summiteer Apa Sherpa, who along with his team members, is embarking on The Great Himalaya Trail- Climate Smart Celebrity Trek (GHT-CSCT). Apa and his team members Dawa Steven Sherpa, Saurav Dhakal and Samir Jung Thapa plan to complete the 1,700 km trek in 120 days. The team will carry the national flag throughout the day. The trek will begin from Taplejung in eastern Nepal on Jan 15 and end in May. Speaking on the occasion President Yadav said this trek would help identify the impacts of climate change in the Himalayas and showcase how sustainable tourism can be used as a tool for poverty reduction and to build climate-resilience among impoverished mountain communities in Nepal. The trek has been organized to highlight the impacts of climate change in the Himalayas and to promote The Great Himalaya Trail as the best tourism trail in the world which offers trekkers to experience extremely rich cultures, breathtaking landscapes and diverse range of flora and fauna, GHT said in a statement. “I appeal to the lovers of Nepal to join me on this once-in-a-lifetime journey to support Nepali communities that are bearing the brunt of climate change. My effort to walk from East to West in Nepal is to find places and people that need most attention and help of the world in their climate battle," Apa said in his message. GHT-CSCT is being organized by Himalayan Climate Initiative in coordination with Government of Nepal, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation with the support of DFID, British Council, SNV, NTB,TAAN and other GHTDP Partners.