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Ninth Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lecture

Join friends of the Himalayan Trust UK to listen in awe to Kenton Cool on Thursday 8 June at the Ninth Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lecture at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Kenton is the finest alpine climber of this generation and an engaging motivational speaker, who delivers popular keynote speeches on all aspects of his many accomplishments in the outdoors. He relates with great vividness and emotion the experience …Read More

The Himalayan Trust UK seeks a new trustee with fundraising experience to join its board

The Himalayan Trust UK  is a small charity which supports education and health, primarily through training carried out on our behalf by two Nepali NGOs, in the Taplejung District of NE Nepal. The Himalayan Trust network, including sister organisations in New Zealand and Australia with whom we have strong links, was initiated by Sir Edmund Hilary in 1960.  HTUK was founded in 1989, initially to support schools and health clinics in …Read More

Ian MacKellen on Edmund Hillary

BBC Radio 4 – Great Lives, Series 37, Ian McKellen on Edmund Hillary On May 29 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Everest. Both men immediately became famous worldwide. The actor Sir Ian McKellen, then a young teenager in Burnley, was clearly struck by the achievement. In later life he met Hillary in New Zealand and has strong memories of a modest man whose first job …Read More

Nepal Earthquake Update

As you are aware, on Saturday morning a 7.9 magnitude quake struck central Nepal. The full impact of the earthquake is yet to be ascertained, but preliminary reports suggest that more than 2,000 people have been killed and that there has been widespread damage to infrastructure and buildings. This is the worst earthquake to hit the region for more than 80 years. It is a very sad day for Nepal …Read More

Kanchenjunga 60th Anniversary – the Himalayan Trust UK presents the 7th Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lecture with Doug Scott CBE

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 …Read More

Impressions from a new Trustee – Starting with a blank canvas!

Visiting Nepal for the first time as a Trustee afforded me a chance to learn more about the fantastic work done by the Himalayan Trust family and to meet with people I had previously only read or heard about. My two weeks in November this year were educational, inspiring and humbling! They contrasted so much with my previous trips to the Himalaya where, frankly, the motivations for visiting had been …Read More

Alex Staniforth’s mission to the top of the world – raising money for The Himalayan Trust UK

The past few months have been a truly epic journey- and now just a month remains before I depart the UK to Nepal for my two month expedition to climb Everest on the 28th of March. I was involved in the April 2014 tragedy where 16 Sherpa guides tragically lost their lives in a huge avalanche on Mount Everest.  My expedition was eventually cancelled and I returned home, having not stepped above …Read More