On December 13th Nepal’s President Dr Ram Baran Yadav bid farewell to Appa Sherpa and his team who left on their four-month long 1,700 km east to west trek along the Great Himalayan Trail.
“The trek will help identify impact of climate change on the Himalayas and showcase how sustainable tourism can be used as a tool for poverty reduction,” said Yadav during the farewell programm at his residence.
Dawa Steven Sherpa, Saurav Dhakal and Samir Jung Thapa are the other members of the team that will trek through hundreds of villages across 20 districts over four months.
According to Himalayas Climate Initiative, which is managing the trek, the adventure aims to bring to light the impact of climate change in the Himalayas and promote The Great Himalayan Trail as the best tourism route in the world offering trekkers experience of extremely rich cultures, breathtaking landscapes and diverse range of flora and fauna. “The world wants to support Nepali communities in their climate change battle, but they need to be told how and where. My effort to walk from east to west is to find places and people who need help from the global community in their battle,” said Appa, speaking at the President’s office.