Himalayas loosing snowy glory: Appa
N24, DOLPA: Veteran mountaineer Appa Sherpa has expressed concern on the gradual meltdown of snow from the Himalayan peaks due to global warming.
During his interactions with journalists, Appa said that world famous mountain peaks like Mt. Everest, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Machhapuchhre were virtually turning into rocky mountains due to the melting of the snow cover.
His discussions with the media were part of the ‘The Great Himalayan Trail’ trek which he had undertaken with the objective of drawing the attention of the international community on the adverse impact of climate change on the Himalayas and ways of its prevention.
As part of the trail, Appa is scheduled to walk 1,700 kilometres from Taplejung in the east to Darchula in the west in 120 days.
As examples of this, he quoted local farmers who referred to the increase in occurrence of frost in the eastern region including in Ilam which has led to decreased production of cardamom, tea and potato in these areas while many areas in the west have seen an increase in the frequency of soil erosion and landslide, deforestation, denudation of forests, forest fire and increased temperatures.
Appa said he could observe the deforestation that has taken place in the Chure region at many places in course of his trek so far.