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MEET DAWA STEVEN SHERPA, WHO LED BALLY’S PEAK OUTLOOK
EXPEDITION TO clean-up “THE ROOF OF THE WORLD”

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“I’m not a religious person, but when I’m on the mountain, it’s my temple…”

“In the mountains, your mortality is so clear” says Dawa Steven Sherpa, leader of Eco Everest Expeditions and Asian Trekking CEO. “Here, your body literally gives up on you from the effects of high altitude, and you’re faced with how miniscule you are”, he continues. “A lot of people go home feeling changed, they get their life in perspective.”

“I’m not a religious person, but when I’m on the mountain, it’s my temple,” he adds about the overwhelming majesty of the Himalayas. “We’re very much karma-driven in the mountains –– we feel that if we do good, have good thoughts and do the right thing, good things will happen to us.”

A third-generation mountaineer and recognised environmentalist who is deeply passionate about climbing, the half-Belgian, half-Sherpa has summited Everest three times and assisted over 150 climbers from 18 different countries to reach Everest’s summit, also pioneering eco-friendly practices to help protect its natural environment.

For Peak Outlook, Dawa organized a highly specialised crew that spent 40 days preparing at the mountain’s lower rungs in anticipation of favourable weather to reach South Col. From there, it took the team approximately 12 hours to reach the summit, where they spent nearly two hours at the top (normally climbers spend no more than 20 minutes), removing debris and creating shuttles between camps. During the whole expedition, the team moved an impressive two tons of waste between the Everest's Peak and Base Camp. “We had a very short weather window and even then the wind was strong the entire time” he says of the successful expedition.“

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“We’re very much karma-driven in the mountains –– we feel that if we do good, good things will happen to us.”

What’s next for Dawa before Everest’s climbing season begins again in April 2020? “I'm going training for sky diving with Special Forces in Arizona” he reveals. “In September, I’ll climb another 8,000-meter mountain called Manaslu, another 7,000-meter peak in early October … and later, attempt Choyu where we’ve identified two routes, the South Ridge and East Ridge, to find a safe way up the mountain.” Like the outstretched views of the Himalayas from the summit on a sunny day, Dawa's love for mountaineering is far-reaching and clear. “It’s just part of our culture…we have to climb a mountain.”