Baruntse Climb 2014

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I am planning to climb Baruntse in Nepal for The Himalayan Trust UK because they do much needed work for the peoples of Nepal.


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It has always been a dream of mine to visit Nepal and Climb a 7000m peak. Baruntse - 7162m (23,497 ft) is a peak in the Khumbu region and will hopefully be the highest I have yet climbed to date on any mountain.

However, the costs of getting to the summit can sometimes be all too costly for those involved. In light of the recent events on Everest where 13 Shirpas tragically lost there lives. As a mountaineer one can not choose to ignore such events. I myself will be relying on the assistance of Shirpas on my climb to help fix ropes and to act as guides.

I would like to ask for you kind assistance to help me raise some funds for the the Himalayan trust which is currently helping the families of those recently deceased shirpas. The Himalayan trust works to ensure that the basic needs of the people in Nepal are met. They work to ensure that every child receives an education and in particular those in the remotest areas such as Everest and Kanchenjunga. There projects are requested by the mountain peoples of Nepal, who contribute to the projects themselves. 

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We would all like a world where everybody’s basic needs are met and every child has access to an education. The Himalayan Trust UK aims to ensure this happens in the remote mountainous districts of Nepal – in particular the regions surrounding Everest and Kanchenjunga.

Their projects are all requested by the mountain people of Nepal, who contribute to the projects themselves. They are an experienced organisation, continually working to improve how we manage and monitor the work they do.

The Himalayan Trust UK trustees work on an entirely voluntary basis. A modest 2.5% of funds are spent on administration, all in Nepal, all contributing to the local economy.

Why the Himalaya, and why in particular Nepal? Nepal is among the poorest countries in the world and currently ranks 157th out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index. It is also home to eight of the world’s magnificent 8,000m peaks, including Everest.

It is in the heart of the Nepalese Himalaya that there story began. In 1953, Mount Everest was first climbed by Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, on a British expedition led by Colonel John Hunt. It is recognised that this would have been impossible without the support of the Sherpas.

Two years on, the third highest mountain in the world, Kangchenjunga, also in Nepal, was climbed by George Band and Joe Brown, again a first ascent, and again made possible by the tough, courageous mountain people of Nepal.

Mountaineers of this golden age of Himalayan climbing have always recognised the integral part the local people of Nepal have played in the success of their expeditions and the history of mountaineering in this country, and held them in high regard and with great affection. They have also recognised that many come from a background of abject poverty.

It was Edmund Hillary and his companion George Lowe who first felt a compulsion to give something back to the Sherpas who had so enriched their lives. Then George Band and his wife Susan.

Today, as in the past decades, the mountain people of Nepal continue to support climbers and trekkers in the Himalayas, and the need and desire to give something back, through the Himalayan Trust UK, is still very much alive and kicking.

Thank you for your time and assistance.