NOTE: This event is now past. Read about it here
The “Beat the GLOF action run” is a 35km trail run being held in the Everest region of Nepal to raise awareness about the growing risk of Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOF) in the Himalayan region. Imja Tsho, pictured below, is the object to this mountain trail running race being organised by Sherwi Yondhen Tshokpa, a network of Sherpa students, and Dawa Stephen Sherpa of www.ideas-action.org.
What is the event about?
The annual “Beat the GLOF Action Event” will focus on creating greater international as well as local concern on the real, high risks posed by Glacier Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs) in the Khumbu region. The Event will be organized on 4 June 2010. This event creates an opportunity where local residents are the focal point and they will spearhead the campaign.
The run is being organized to show the world what lies in the path of destruction. The Action Run will demonstrate that even the fastest runner will not be able to outrun the fury of GLOF. The Action Run starts at Khumjung and following the route to Kyangjuma-Namche-Phurte- Thamo and back to Phurte- Syangboche- Khunde, finally ends at Khumjung. The run route will follow as closely as possible the path of a GLOF if Imja Lake is to burst its fragile moraine boundaries. Taking the run route to Thamo will help emphasize the risk: effects of the Dig Tsho GLOF of 1985 are still prominently visible. Maximum participation of the residents of Khumbu region and anyone else who wishes to participate in the Run are encouraged to participate in this year’s Action Run. On the day of the Action Run about 30 volunteers will be positioned at various water points along the route providing support. The volunteers are members of different youth groups from the Khumbu. Khunde Hospital and Red Cross will be on alert to provide emergency medical help if required. This event will be the tipping point from awareness and education into Action.
On the same day Save the Himalayas-Khumbu Festival will be held in Khumjung village with the support of various organizations. Aama Samuha (Mother’s Group) will be organising stalls selling local delicacies and handmade cottage products indigenous to the region. Youth groups from the Khumbu are competing in the traditional song/dance competition. The participating youth groups are from Pangboche, Phorche, Khumjung, Khunde and Namche. The prize giving ceremony will accord the winners of all these competitions and also the runners from the Action Run. The day will conclude in the evening with Chyangdung (traditional Sherpa dance party).
Learn more here: http://ideas-action.org/home/imja_tsho_update.php and here: http://www.asian-trekking.com/expedition/home/news-detail-38