Peak Outlook is the Bally project to cleanup the Himalayan Mountains
April 06 2021
The Swiss luxury brand established the Bally Peak Outlook foundation in 2020 to preserve the world’s fragile mountain territories from the effects of excessive tourism and global warming.
The foundation collaborated with the Nepal environmental activist Dawa Steven Sherpa for a 47-day expedition, which began in September 2020 with its first phase, to clean up the base camps of Nepal’s eight 8,000-meter mountains. The expedition removed 2.2 tons of waste from the base camps of Cho Oyu (8,188m), Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m) and Makalu (8,485m) in the Himalayas, utilizing alternate routes since official trails in the mountains were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Due to the severe climatic conditions, the “8x8000m” expedition team was composed of ethnic Sherpa, whose unique genetic pathways allow them to live and work in extreme mountain environments. This local team includes for the first time a female figure: Yankila Sherpa, a trailblazing entrepreneur from Olangchung Gola, one of the most remote villages of Eastern Nepal, who is advocate for sustainable and responsible tourism and for the cause of women empowerment and the chief Advisor the Nepal Mountaineering Association, vice president of the Trans Himalayan Environment and Livelihood Program.
As a tribute to the Himalayan Sherpa community, Bally commissioned a series of short documentary films dedicated to the first phase of “8x8000m” expedition and its four majestic mountain peaks.
The second phase of the expedition will take place over the course of 2021 when teams led by Dawa Steven Sherpa will clean up the base camps of Kanchenjunga (8,586m), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Manaslu (8,156m), Annapurna (8,091m), as well as Everest for a third time.
Photo: The Bally Peak Outlook project on Mount Everest. Courtesy image