Press Release

7 SUMMITS PREPARES TO EMBODY THE “VOICE FROM THE TOP OF THE WORLD”

The 7 Summits foundation today, Sunday, March 13, 2011, will host media at the Hotel Manaslu as they prepare for their departure to Lukla. For the first time ever, Nepalese and international artists will join together at Mount Everest Base Camp, 5400 meters above sea level, on March 23, 2011. This initial festival is dedicated to raising awareness of the melting of the Himalaya Glaciers due to Global Warming, kicking off a five concert series ending in Kathmandu. After two weeks of trekking and performing in the Himalayas, the “Save the Himalaya” festival will conclude with a Kathmandu finale April 6, 2011. Led by AC Sherpa – who holds the record for climbing the world’s seven highest summit in just 42 days – the 7 Summits Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to improving the livelihood of the people of the Himalayan region.

In association with the Nepal Tourism Year 2011, the 7 Summits Foundation hopes to use this unique concert series to focus the attention of the international community on one of the highest destinations on earth, embodying the “Voice From the Top of the World”. While rising seas levels have been the central focus of the detrimental effects of Global Warming, the melting of our planets glaciers will have an impact on landlocked nations as well. In Nepal, for example, the melting of the Himalaya Glaciers will cause flooding and destruction, affecting the survival and livelihood of the people of the Himalaya region.

Profits accumulated by the “Save the Himalayas” concert series will be divided with half the earnings going to local youth clubs and social organizations while the other half with go to the 7 Summits nonprofit. By investing our funds back into the rural villages of Nepal, we can provide accessibility to medical, dental and vision support, improve education, and promote environmental stewardship. Following the “Save the Himalayas” festival, AC Sherpa plans to continue to build awareness of the impact on the Himalaya Glaciers by attempting to set a new mountaineering record by climbing Mt. Everest three times in one climbing season. AC Sherpa, NTY Goodwill Ambassador for 2010 and 2011, has been tirelessly dedicated to promoting his home country of Nepal on an international level. After a successful third summit, Sherpa and the musicians will take their message, the “Voice From the Top of the World,” on the road promoting Nepal Tourism Year 2011 while inspiring global warming awareness.

For more information on the 7 Summits Foundation and the “Save the Himalayas” concert, please visit http://7summitsfoundation.org.

Location: 11 a.m. Hotel Manaslu (230 Hotel Marg, Lazimpat, Kathmandu)

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