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Sixth Annual Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lecture, 5 June 2014

What a great evening this was!  A warm sunny evening, enthusiastic, appreciative audience, and a stunning lecture by Leo Houlding.  And we raised lots of money for the Avalanche Appeal. Leo is an amazing presenter.  He had just flown in from the States, and leaped onto the stage in shorts and sandals to deliver a heart-stopping account of two of his recent and most spectacular expeditions.  With a seamless mix …Read More

Avalanche Appeal Auction and Raffle

At the 6th Annual Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lecture at the Royal Geographical Society on 5 June, The Himalayan Trust UK is holding an auction to raise funds for the Avalanche Appeal. We will be auctioning a ‘Temba’ print signed by Sir Edmund Hillary, George Band, George Lowe and Mike Westmacott from the successful 1953 Everest expedition and also Chris Bonington, Doug Scott, Rebecca Stephens and Stephen Venables all Everest summiteers …Read More

Call to Action

News always seeps through from Everest in the month of May.  It is the prime pre-monsoon time to climb the mountain.  This year, though, news hit early, on Good Friday in the western world, 18 April, not from the summit – too early for that – but from the tumbled labyrinth of the Khumbu Icefall, the first hurdle facing climbers on the southern side.  A serac broke away from the …Read More

Celebrating the 60th Anniversary with the Mount Everest Foundation

The Himalayan Trust UK and the first ascent of Everest, in 1953, are inextricably linked.  You can read all about this elsewhere on our site, but just as a reminder, it was of course Sir Edmund Hillary who founded the Himalayan Trust.  The late Chairmen of the Himalayan Trust’s UK chapter, George Lowe and George Band, were both climbers on the 1953 Everest team, as was trustee Michael Westmacott.  In …Read More

Visiting Schools in Taplejung

In late September 2013 two Himalayan Trust UK Trustees, Susan Band and Sue Leyden, with 5 of their friends and family, travelled to the Taplejung District to visit schools supported by the Trust.  We were accompanied throughout the 17-day journey and trek by Rajendra and Suresh Ali, the two REED (Rural Education and Economic Development) teacher trainers.  Unlike in the Solu Khumbu, there are no places to stay overnight, so it meant …Read More

Taplejung: the remote and beautiful district in Nepal where The Himalayan Trust UK works

The Taplejung district, where The Himalayan Trust UK now supports 30 schools, is in a remote and mountainous area of Nepal, east of the Solu Khumbu valley, overshadowed by the magnificent Kanchenjunga mountain range The journey from Kathmandu is both long and arduous.  After a 45-minute flight from Kathmandu to the tiny landing strip at Bhadrapur, it takes ten hours by bus, truck or jeep just to get to the start of …Read More

“Crowning Achievement, Lasting Legacy” – Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the First Ascent of Everest

Photo: Jamling Tenzing Norgay, son of Tenzing Norgay, meets the Queen at the Royal Geographical Society on 29 May 2013. This year, 2013, is the 60th Anniversary of the first ascent of Everest. In celebration of this extraordinary achievement The Himalayan Trust UK, together with The Mount Everest Foundation, organised two very special events at the Royal Geographical Society. We were honoured to have the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh …Read More

George Lowe 1924-2013

Together with the Sherpas of Nepal we are mourning the loss of our Patron, George Lowe. George had a truly exceptional life. Of course, he is best known for his mountaineering successes. His career began in the Southern Alps of his native New Zealand, included many heroic acts as a mountain guide, and then continued into the Himalaya where he was a key contributor to the 1953 expedition’s successful first …Read More

Win 2 tickets to a special 60th Anniversary event

“Like” our Himalayan Trust UK Facebook page and win a pair of tickets to a special 60th Anniversary event. This year, 2013, is the 60th Anniversary of the first ascent of Everest.  In celebration of this extraordinary achievement The Himalayan Trust UK is, together with The Mount Everest Foundation, organising two very special events at the Royal Geographical Society to which all are welcome. We’re giving away 2 pairs of …Read More

Support our London marathon 2013 runners

We have two runners in the London Marathon 2013 raising money for The Himalayan Trust UK. Nigel Cockrell describes himself as an ageing GP living in Worcester . He comments, “ I have run the London marathon twice and had no plans to do it again , especially after having needed surgery after a broken ankle. However doing the run for The Himalayan Trust UK has tempted me back to …Read More