Kanchenjunga: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the first ascent by George Band and Joe Brown
Thursday 4 June 2015
Tickets £20 – Doors open 6pm. Lecture 7pm.
Held at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR
Kanchenjunga, at 8586m, is the world’s third highest mountain, first summited on the 25th May 1955 by the Himalayan Trust’s late chairman, George Band and his climbing partner, Joe Brown. Kanchenjunga translates as “the five treasure houses of snow”, the summit deemed to be a holy place.
Respecting the people who worship the holiness of the mountain, George and Joe stopped just short of the summit, a tradition that has remained to this day. In 1979, Doug Scott added Kanchenjunga to his long list of mountaineering achievements, and we are honoured that he will be our guest speaker to mark the occasion.
The region of Nepal in the shadow of Kanchenjunga was always dear to George Band, and when he and his wife, Susan, visited it in 2005 the people requested our help in improving the educational provision for the children in this remote corner. Since then we have focused our attention on a school development programme and teacher training. We are about to move into health care. All proceeds from this evening will go to support those projects. During the evening you will be given a brief update on our progress and achievements.
For online ticket purchase click here.
Tickets also available by post (please send a cheque payable to Himalayan Trust UK and enclose a stamped addressed envelope) to John Walton, 2 Lobelia Close, Worcester WR5 3RR.