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Nepal 2011 Youth Meet

Dear MCSA member


In this extra August News Bulletin: 



The UIAA Global Youth Summit is holding a unique event in Nepal from 14-30 September. It will include a trek to Everest Base Camp and meetings with prominent Nepalese climbers. The Global Youth Summit Year of Asia event is a unique opportunity to share the Himalayas with experts including the Nepal women’s record Everest team, ECO Everest expedition leader Dawa Steven Sherpa and mountain medicine experts of the Himalayan Rescue Association. The trek takes in some of the world's most famous mountain scenery passing Ama Dablam on route to Everest Base Camp and its spectacular ‘horseshoe’ of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse.

 The aim of the trek is manifold:

  • Set new rock routes and boulder problems
  • Take part in high altitude and youth lecture – Himalayan Rescue Association
  • Trek with some of Nepal’s top Sherpas including members of women’s record Everest team
  • Discover ice climbing in Asia and how to organize ice climbing events
  • Take part in an ecological action and school visit on route
  • Contribute to mountaineering and mountain communities in Nepal
  • Exchange mountaineering and climbing know-how

The meet is open to young persons aged 16 to 25 and to youth leaders.  Under-18 years-old must be accompanied by an adult guide. For Pokhalde Peak, winter/alpine mountaineering experience is required. The cost of the trek (including the flight of USD240 to Lukla) is USD 995. The cost of climbing Pokhalde Peak (tented trek) in addition is USD995 (Peak fees have been waived) plus an extra cost which is a function of the number of persons eg USD815 for 2-4 persons.


Interested youth members (and youth leaders) should contact Jenny Paterson ( for full detail and apply by 30 August. It will be great if the MCSA can have at least one participant to represent South Africa. Applications are to be submitted through the MCSA and not directly to the organisers. Applicants should write a motivation as to why they should attend this Meet;  what they feel can be gained from this experience;  what they can contribute to the Meet; and finally how they can feed back to the MCSA what they've learned from the experience.    Enquiries about airfares eg Jet Airways R7000 for the return airfare from Johannesburg to Kathmandu return (via Mumbai or Delhi).  Funding towards the air ticket is available from the Youth Fund and perhaps Sections with Expedition Funds can help with financial support. (The event is supported by the North Face (Nepal), ARISF, UIAA Youth, Himalayan Rescue Association and endorsed by the Nepal Mountaineering Association. Asian Trekking Ltd is providing two free places.)



Best regards


Petro Grobler



We had stepped out of life long ago and entered the heavenly spheres, and for an eternal moment I stopped living and started being. That night the moon danced so gloriously in heaven, the eternal light which touches our world calling all beings forth to dance with great compassion. This is the home of the gods – the great Himalaya.

Helga Hengge, USA, 27-5-99: EVEREST- Reflections from the top.  Eds. Christine Gee, Garry Weare and Margaret Gee. Rider, London, 2003