Anniversary Expedition 125 years AACZ

Postponed by one year due to the Corona Pandemic, in 2022 the AACZ follows up on a long tradition of club expeditions.

The AACZ was founded in 1896 and celebrated its 125th anniversary on June 2021. On the occasion of this event, we want to continue our tradition, and will support an expedition to the Changla Himal range in West Nepal.

Development Aid Project

More details about the development aid project can be found here.

Team
  • Bruce Normand (Leitung)
  • Andi Frank (Leitung)
  • Sarah Marti (Ärztin)
  • Alexander Skawran
  • Charlotte Steinmeier
  • Franz Friebel
  • Gedas Simutis
  • Hansueli Jud
  • Javier Alegria
  • Max Brunner
  • Ulla Heikkilä
  • Manuel Bonnet
  • Steven Brown
  • Vencislav Popov
  • Yoann Trellu
  • Yannick Walo
  • Felix Hermann
  • Daniel Crepaz
  • Yannick Revaz
  • Christian Läubli
When

The expedition is scheduled from 24. Sep. until 30. Oct. 2022 giving the team a total of five weeks for traveling, acclimatization and climbing.
Due to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, and particularly the current crisis affecting India and Nepal, dates and timing remain unpredictable.

Where

The region of Changla Himal is located in far West Nepal on the border to China. Getting there requires an intercontinental flight to Kathmandu and then a domestic flight from Nepalganj to the regional center of Simikot, which remains inaccessible by road. The last section to the Base Camp is a multi-day trek using pack animals.

What

The team consists of a combination of first-time expedition participants with highly experienced members; the mountains of the Changla Himal offer huge potential for exploratory and alpine-style mountaineering at all skill levels.

How

The expedition team will climb in an alpine style, in teams of 2-3, making their own plans beyond base camp in the self-driven style of the AACZ. Through workshops and partaking in regular club activities, members are training various aspects; first aid rehearsals, ice climbing, glacier rescue.. experienced members have dedicated some of their time to plan ahead and ensure the team possess an adequate background.

Context

It is a matter of utmost concern to the club and the participants that the whole expedition is conducted in a way that is as environmentally friendly and socially aware as possible. To achieve a measure of sustainability, the CO2 cost of all flights and transport will be doubly offset. On the social side, we have established two aid projects.
In 2021 we organized a medical aid project for the citizens of West Nepal: working through the NGO Ek Ek Paila, our flagship project was to raise 12’500 CHF to restore the sight of 125 people suffering from cataracts. At the end of 2021 we were pleased to announce that this goal was significantly overachieved. Due to the generous support of club members, friends, coworkers and participants in the expedition, we were able to collect 16’350 CHF for Ek Ek Paila. We also donated some surplus medical equipment for Ek Ek Paila’s health camps. A big THANK YOU to all of our donors!In 2022 we are associating with the NGO RIDS, to help develop the facilities of Durpa, a village near the route to our base camp. We are targeting 20’000 CHF, and the donation campaign has already started. More information here!

The total budget is 90’000 CHF of which 40’000 CHF will enter the the Nepalese economy directly. The expedition team is very grateful to the AACZ for its support of 50’000 CHF.