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Apa Sherpa is welcomed back in Himalayas

Published February 3, 2012 4:14 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Utah transplant Apa Sherpa is hiking in the Himalayan Mountains, this time to raise awareness of climate change.

The Himalayan News Service on Friday reported Apa received a warm welcome in Khandbari, Nepal, with traditional ceremonies and greetings from local officials.

From the New Service article:

The team has already walked 242-km in the last 17 days. They began their historic trek on the Great Himalaya Trail from Ghunsa — the eastern most destination of the trek — to pay respect to the conservation pioneers who lost their lives in a tragic helicopter accident back in 2006."The impacts of climate change can be clearly seen along the trail," according to another team member Dawa Steven Sherpa. "It is reducing agricultural productivity and causing massive landslides threatening existing trails that are already fragile," he added.

— Nate Carlisle

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