Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The First Steps Toward "Expedition for Global Peace"

Phurba Thile Sherpa waiting in airport today.
April 14, 2015.  The soft spoken Nepal mountaineer has taken his next step to the top of Mt. Everest in his effort to loudly proclaim that peace and friendship must replace violence and hate.

It’s a unique tale, and one that remains a story-in-progress as Phurba Thile Sherpa sits in a Kathmandu Airport early this morning waiting out bad weather for his flight to Lukla.  His team of climbers are setting up their base camp for a late May trek with hundreds of national flags—a project of the Mt. Everest Expedition for Global Peace and Friendship.

Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain on Earth, has been in the news. Not for its height, but for its sad reputation of being the world’s highest junkyard since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made the first successful climb in May 1953. From left behind oxygen tanks, tents, human body waste and the 200 bodies of climbers who died on the trail, critics have berated climbers for the debris and the high risk to the inexperienced.

But to Phurba Thile Sherpa, an experienced Mt. Everest trekker and professional tour guide, his mission to place national flags to flutter in the winds of Everest’s highest point, representing world friendship and peace, far exceeds and out-values the complications and criticism of such a venture.

After forming a Nepal registered NGO last fall, Phurba began the business of assembling a board of directors, contacting Nepal officials for climb permits, assembling his team, and finding a way to collect flags.  And one huge effort, includes the raising of funds to make this very expensive uphill trek.

Officials offer best wishes to the Mt. Everest Expedition for Global Peace.
Inexperienced in the business of fundraising, Phurba says that he has put everything he owns into securing loans and funds to make this 2015 climb a reality.  And today, he flies nearer to his high flying dream.

I’ll chronicle Phurba’s journey as news comes in.  There is a point in his climb where I will loose contact.  But, stay with me.  I assure you, that God-willing, Phurba will connect with his followers  at the first opportunity.

To learn more about the mission and to possibly help him fund this mission, you can contact him through his Facebook page, Mt. Everest Expedition for Global Peace and Friendship.

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