IMAX’s David Breashers in Everest

IMAX’s Director David Breashers Flies to Everest with Fishtail Air
Acclaimed American filmmaker, adventurer and author David Breashers took a mountain flight via Fishtail Air’s chopper to Everest region on 25th April 2010.

Best known for co-directing, photographing, and co-producing the acclaimed IMAX film ‘Everest’ in 1996, Breashers has also worked on feature films like ‘Seven Years in Tibet’, ‘Cliffhanger’, and the award-winning documentary ‘Red Flag over Tibet’. In 1983 he transmitted the first live pictures from the summit of Mount Everest. For his achievement in filmmaking he has been awarded four Emmy Awards.

David Breashers has also co-authored National Geographic’s best-selling book ‘Last Climb’ which documents the disappearance of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine on Mount Everest in 1924. His memoir entitled ‘High Exposure: An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places’ (Simon & Schuster), documenting his life as a mountaineer and filmmaker, remains a best-seller.

Skydiving License

Earn your Skydiving License in Thailand!

Earn your skydiving license in Thailand with ThaiSky Adventures. You have a choice of training methods to obtain a Skydiving License. One method is the Traditional AFF (accelerated freefall) program where your first skydive is with your own equipment and the second one combines Tandem skydiving with the AFF program. Both are designed to make you a safe and self-sufficient skydiver. These methods follow the guidelines recommended in the USPA (United States Parachute Association) Integrated Student Program (ISP).

The Integrated Student Program is used to achieve this goal by advancing you through eight categories of proficiency (A-H) to qualify you for a USPA “A” License. Advancement is based upon accomplishment of the set goals, called Targeted Learning Objectives (TLOs). Your jumps are tailored based on your own abilities and completion of these TLOs.

Drop Zone
The DZ is Located at Sriracha (Ao Udom) and is exactly 19 Km from Pattaya just off the main Highway – Bangkok and Chon Buri (Route 3/Sukhumvit) to Pattaya.

AIRCRAFT
The jumps will be made from a Pilatus Turbo Porter (with the larger PT6A-27 Engine) piloted by highly experienced jump pilots. The aircraft can carry 10 jumpers to 13,000 feet (Standard Exit Altitude).

For booking details contact: enquiry@explorehimlaya.com

New Product – World’s Highest Meeting Point

This unforgettable aerial journey takes you to the historic site of the World’s Highest Cabinet Meeting at Kala Patthar plateau of Everest Base Camp. This is the place where Nepal Government held the world’s highest cabinet meeting on December 2009 to raise concerns over the melting Himalayan glaciers due to global warming.

Nature lovers, holiday makers and extreme adventure enthusiasts can now visit Kala Patthar and have a closer view of Mt Everest or hold a corporate meeting. The visit to Kalapatthar (17192 ft / 5242m) will include two Aircrafts – AS 350 B3 Helicopter and Pilatus PC-6 single engine Aircraft.

You begin your aerial journey from Kathmandu airport with one PC-6, single engine Aircraft and B3 Helicopter taking off simultaneously. Moving eastwards, the aircrafts fly  parallel to the Himalayan range,  allowing those on board a magnificent vista of the towering Himalayn peaks. The  aircrafts finally land at the airstrip in Syangboche (12,340ft), where final preparation on equipments and oxygen system will be made. A set of Oxygen system consisting of 4 liter cylinder of Mountaineering Oxygen fitted with regulator and hi-tech Top Out Mask will be provided. Once equipped, the AS 350 B3 shall make shuttles to Kalapatthar, 4 passengers at a time. You will be given ample time to explore and enjoy the ‘close-up’ views of Mt.Everest and other peaks. Those who want to conduct a corporate meeting, this will indeed be a ‘high- level’ experience!

Highest Meeting at Everest

Fly to World’s Highest Meeting Point

‘The Return to Everest’- Imax’s Everest sequel

Oscar-nominated and world renowned nature documentary filmmaker Greg Macgillivray is planning to make a sequel of his 1998 IMAX film, ‘Everest’, in 3D format. Titled ‘The Return to Everest’ this will be the first time a film crew will capture the mountain with Imax 3D technology. The sequel will follow a medical expedition studying the impact of extreme altitude on the human body and revisit climbers and Sherpas who featured in the first film.

According to a report published in “The Himalayan Times”, the producers of the movie are looking for Nepali investors. A group of Nepali, as well as Hollywood investors met on 18th January to explore possibilities of investment for the movie under the coordination of Nepali banker Prithvi Bahadur Pande. According to Sabra B Pande, Project Developer for the movie ,out of the 10 million dollars budget for the movie, the makers are looking to generate $ 4.5 million from Nepal and the investment slot is open for all those interested . Once finalized an official announcement will be made. The filmmakers are ready to air free adverts and films on Nepal during the movie show which according to Pande will benefit Nepal in a big way. This documentary will serve as a good platform to promote Nepal and Nepal Tourism Year 2011.

Mount Everest

Explore Himalaya’s Year 2009 Review

Year 2009 was special for Explore Himalaya, as the company single handedly organized the highest skydiving programme in the world, Everest skydive 2009. ESD 2009 was organized in the month of October. Wendy Smith from New Zealand, Tom Noonan from USA and Jai Kishan from India created a new record by landing at Gorakh Shep, Kala Patthar plateau (17,192ft),  the highest drop zone in the world.

Everest emerged as a clear favorite among our trekking clients as EH organized treks to the Everest region for 43 groups in 2009. 20 groups trekked to the Annapurnas, while 5 groups preferred the less crowded  trails of Langtang. 39 groups went for  cultural tours and multi-activity sports like rafting, paragliding, mountain biking etc.

We operated a total of 59 tours (cultural & pilgrimage tours, trekking, expeditions) in Tibet and 4 in Bhutan.

List of 2009 Expeditions

NAME OF PEAK NAME OF EXPEDITION
Mt Everest (8848m) Altitude Junkies Everest Expedition
Kanchenjunga (8586m) K2 Guies Cavapland Kanchenjunga Expedition
Lhakpa Ri (7045m) EH Lhakpa Ri Expedition
Lhakpa Ri (7045m) KT Lhakpa Ri Expedition
Lhakpa Ri (7045m) EH Lhakpa Ri Expedition
Manaslu (8163m) Altitude Junkies Manaslu Expedition
Tukuche Peak (6920m) PH Tukuche Peak Climbing
Tukuche Peak (6920m) PH Tukuche Peak climbing

Everest Cabinet Meeting

Nepalese cabinet ministers held a special cabinet meeting at Kala Patthar (17,192 ft) plateau, at the base of Mt. Everest on December 4, 2009. Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and 23 other ministers were flown by helicopters for the meeting. During the meeting, a 10-point ‘Everest Declaration’ which calls for concerted actions to minimize adverse effects of climate change in the Himalayan region was released. The meeting, which cost almost NRS 6 million to organize, was funded by private agencies and organizations from the tourism sector. Mr. Suman Pandey, Planning & Operation Coordinator of the event, said that organizing the meeting at such a high altitude was a big achievement.

Sherpas from the Khumbu region dressed in traditional attire, welcome the Ministers at Gorakh Shep, EBC

MoTCA Minister Sarat Singh Bhandari reads something as the rest of the ministers pose for a group photograph

Mr. Suman Pandey- Planning & Operation coordinator of the event (wearing red & black jacket)

A walk to rememeber –  Ministers walk down the  Kala Patthar Plateau

PM Nepal wearing an oxygen mask

Everest Cabinet Meeting

The Highest Cabinet Meeting in progress – At Kala Patthar Plateau (17,192 ft/5242m)

Photos: Gorakh Bista

Kala Patthar

Situated in the Khumbu or Everest region of eastern Nepal, Kala Patthar is a rocky brown hill a few distance away from Gorakh Shep, EBC. Kala Patthar offers close views of the mighty Mt. Everest, Pumori Peak, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and other Himalayan giants.

There is a flat ground or plateau lying at an elevation of 17,982 feet/ 5,242m, which serves as an ideal place for helicopters to land. This is where our skydivers made the highest skydive landing in October this year and where the historic cabinet meeting was held today.
Kala Patthar Everest
Google Map showing Mt.Everest, Kala Patthar & Gorakh Shep

A glacial lake below Kala Patthar

Kala Patthar Plateau- Site of the historic Cabinet Meeting

Mesmerizing views of Ama Dablam peak- Enroute to Gorakh Shep EBC

Ten years before, this place used to covered with snow year round, according to locals – An  impact of global warming on our Mountain Environment

White snowy peaks are transformed into rocky bare pinnacles – An effect of climate change

(Photos: Explore Himalaya)


Cabinet Meeting at EBC Concludes

The historic cabinet meeting at Kala Patthar(17,192 ft) plateau , at the base of Mt. Everest concluded successfully with the release of a 10-point ‘Everest declaration’ which calls for concerted actions to minimize adverse effects of climate change in the Himalayan region.The meeting which was organised to draw global attention towards the affect of climate change on the Himalayan glaciers, began at 9:30 AM and was attended by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and 23 ministers. The cabinet also decided to extend the territories of Api-Nampa conservation area in Darchula, Gauri Shankar conservation area in Ramechhap and Dolakha and Bardiya National Park. A new national park Banke National Park, was also added.