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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

Case study: a journey to the world of medicine

Sanjay Rana Magar is studying for a MBBS at Patan Academy of Health Science, School of Medicine, Kathmandu.   During my study at Junbesi Secondary School located at Junbesi of Solukhumbu district, I had a dream of becoming a good doctor in future however which was not an easy dream to fulfill for me.  When I was at grade ten I just thought of passing SLC examination with good marks. …Read More

Everest Avalanche Appeal Update

The avalanche that struck Everest’s Khumbu Icefall on 18 April last year is old news and may no longer be at the forefront of western minds, but for the bereaved families of the 16 Sherpas killed the pain continues.  The Himalayan Trust UK, together with its sister organizations, Himalayan Trust New Zealand and Himalayan Trust Nepal, is doing all it can to alleviate a degree of hardship and ensure the …Read More

Healthcare in a challenging location

Making an appointment to see the doctor at your local GP practice or, in an emergency, calling for an ambulance to whisk you along to the nearest hospital, is something we may take for granted living somewhere like the UK.  Being sick in a remote, rural village in the Himalayas of Nepal is a very different ball game.  If they’re lucky, there may be a health post in the patient’s …Read More

One day in the Life of a Teacher Trainer in Taplejung

(Rajendra Pant is the REED (Rural, Education and Economic Development) teacher-trainer co-ordinator in the Taplejung District.  Together with his colleague, Suresh Ale, Rajendra is responsible for the development work in all 30 schools supported by the Himalayan Trust UK.  They have to travel great distances to get to the schools, up and down the steep mountain-sides, along rocky paths and across primitive log bridges.  To get to some schools in …Read More

Secondary Training has begun again in Solukhumbu

Teacher Training in 2014:  A report by Jim Strang QSM, Himalayan Trust NZ and Supervisor Teacher for the Training Programmes and Mary Lowe, Hon Secretary, Himalayan Trust UK. In the Solu Kumbu, teacher training for secondary school teachers, supported by the Himalayan Trust UK, began in the early 2000s.  George and  Mary Lowe strongly supported the idea that secondary teachers should be given the chance of training that had been …Read More

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