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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

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

Everest Avalanche Appeal

In the early hours of Friday 18 April, an avalanche struck and 13 Sherpas lost their lives in the Khumbu Icefall on Everest.  Three more Sherpas are missing, and must be assumed dead. We all know the Khumbu Icefall is a dangerous place and that it will, in its own unpredictable way, claim lives, but this doesn’t lessen the impact of the tragedies engulfing the families of these 16 men. …Read More