Global warming is not without consequences in Nepal too. “The glaciers are going back,” says Innsbruck’s Joe Einwaller. In other words, crossing a pass earlier was not a big alpinist challenge, so today it’s more challenging to walk in ice-free, rocky, and brittle terrain.
Moreover, the pass from which the Innsbrucker speaks is in Nepal at an altitude of 5700 meters and connects the Rolwaling- with the Khumbutal. This important transition is not only used by locals, but is also overcome by the Trashi-Labtsa trek – tourists that the country has been particularly dependent on since the devastating 2015 earthquake.
At the end of October, the important pass should now be “defused” – by means of a bivouac box, which “then highest”, as Einwaller emphasizes. The aluminum dwelling also has a name, namely David Lama bivouac.
At the beginning of May, the fatal accidental climber from Götzens was adopted in a Hindu temple in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Einwaller, a friend of the Lama family for years and also present, confronted David’s parents with his idea on this occasion. “David’s father comes from Nepal, his mother from Tyrol – this connection is also available at the bivouac,” he says. The shelter was planned and manufactured in Tyrol. The Innsbruck architect Helmut Ohnmacht has virtually invented the high mountain bivouac.
He was therefore significantly involved in the Tyrolean Nepal project with his two sons Paul and Ralph, also architects. In turn, the individual parts were produced in Stahlbau Fritz in Innsbruck. By air, the disassembled bivouac went to Nepal, where it is currently stored in the village of Na in the Rolwaling Valley. Not least, the ambitious project by Joe Einwaller and the Kramsacher Stephan Keck (step zero point one) could be realized through the donations of numerous Tyrolean. “Thanks again for that,” says Einwaller.
Given this story and because David Lama is also well known in his father’s homeland, Claudia and Rinzi Lama gave their approval that the bivouac on the Labtsa Pass would be called David Lama Bivouac.
The Tyrolean product will be flown on the pass at the end of October. “It will be exciting, because the helicopter can not land and everything must be handled by dew.” From then on, the accommodation will have space for about 15 people. Sherpas on-site take care of the ongoing operation.