SUPPORTING THE MOUNTAIN PEOPLE OF NEPAL
SUPPORTING THE MOUNTAIN PEOPLE OF NEPAL

Our Heritage

Nepal is among the poorest countries in the world and currently ranks 149 out of 189 countries on the Human Development Index. It is also home to eight of the world’s magnificent 8,000m peaks, including Everest.

It is in the heart of the Nepalese Himalaya that our story began. In 1953, Mount Everest was first climbed by Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, on a British expedition led by Colonel John Hunt. It is recognised that this would have been impossible without the support of the Sherpas.

Two years on, the third highest mountain in the world, Kangchenjunga, also in Nepal, was climbed by George Band and Joe Brown, again a first ascent, and again made possible by the tough, courageous mountain people of Nepal.

Mountaineers of this golden age of Himalayan climbing have always recognised the integral part the local people of Nepal have played in the success of their expeditions and the history of mountaineering in this country, and held them in high regard and with great affection. They have also recognised that many come from a background of abject poverty.

It was Edmund Hillary and his companion George Lowe who first felt compelled to give something back to the Sherpas who had so enriched their lives. Ed started the first Himalayan Trust in 1960 and the two Georges helped set up the UK arm in 1989.

Today, as in the past decades, the mountain people of Nepal continue to support climbers and trekkers in the Himalaya and the need and desire to give something back are still very much alive.

“The most important projects in my life have been the building and maintaining of schools and medical clinics for my good friends in the Himalaya…”

Sir Edmund Hillary

Our History

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1953 Everest Connection

The Himalayan Trust is a direct legacy of the British 1953 Everest expedition that put Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay on the summit of Everest. Without the support of the Sherpas, Everest wouldn’t have been climbed, and Sir Ed wouldn’t have had half as much fun climbing in the Himalayas following Everest as...
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Best of British: how climber Rebecca Stephens entered the record book

In 1993, former financial journalist and keen skier, Rebecca Stephens, broke through what could arguably be called nature’s most impressive ‘glass ceiling’ when she became the first female British climber ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest. She left her job at the Financial Times to take on the challenge, climbing just over 29,000...
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