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The Himalayan Trust UK works to the guiding principles laid down by Sir Edmund Hillary when he founded the Trust:

  • To focus on basic infrastructure – education, health, environment
  • To do only that which is requested by the mountain people of Nepal
  • To involve the mountain people of Nepal themselves in the work – “self help”
  • To minimise all unnecessary cost
  • To facilitate direct transfer of funds (i.e. virtually no “leakage”)

The Himalayan Trust UK trustees work on an entirely voluntary basis. A modest 2.5% of funds are spent on administration, all in Nepal, all contributing to the local economy.