– Scientific Expedition- Pictures
In the event of global warming also the glaciers of
the Himalayans have been retreating drastically. A team
of motivated scientists of the Technical University
of Dresden, Germany took a trip into the region of the
highest peaks of the world in order to gather information
about global glacier retreat which stands in close relation
to our drinking water supply and has a strong effect
on the future of our planet!
Style of Gravity has accompanied this special expedition
with their cameras. The movie is being edited by the
German production company Sichtzeit. A trailer will
soon be uploaded.
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1. The journey, preps and Kathmandu
After having gone through a basic endurance training
it was time to pack our equipment and jump onto the
plane from Graz, Austria, to Kathmandu, Nepal. At the
time of our arrival Chinese Maoists were suppressing
the local Nepalese people but still things seemed calm
in the country’s capital and we made good progress
with our prep-work.
The city itself – apart from the heavy traffic
and smog – appeared to be charming and mystical.
Part 2. Trekking into the
In order to reach the area of
Mount Everest, you need to choose between two different
ways to get there. The first one is the trail over Jiri,
which at that time was a dangerous place since Maoist
bandits were hiding along the track. Also, this version
is more time-consuming and therefore we decided to take
the plane from Kathmandu to Lukla. It hadn’t snown
there since the last monsoon and so the trek to the
famous village of Namche Bazar and further to Tengboche
and eventually Chukkung was an easy task.
3. Research in the mountains and the Imja Tse, 6187
The valley in which the small village of Chukkung is
located offers just anything to a glaciologist and even
cameraman. Five huge glaciers come down from the impressive
peaks Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam in order to merge
only a few kilometres from the village. Still we were
shocked to find out that a vast part of the ice masses
had already melted. But the weather decided to help
the glaciers and just as the team arrived at the Imja
Tse Basecampa snowstorm covered everything including
their tents in a white carpet.
The camera team ahd only one day left to path their
way through the deep snow up onto the summit of Imja
Tse, 6187m and get the desired shots of the famous glacier
lake Imja Kola.