Connecting the Mt. Everest Region by Trail

Summary

Mt. Everest region is known as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Thousands of tourists around the world hike and climb in Khumbu every year and enjoy the temporary visit. Tourists spend a good amount of money in Nepal, money which rarely makes its way back to the communities of the Khumbu (Mt. Everest) region. Struggling for basic needs, the people living in the communities of the Khumbu dream of a day where drinking water, education, and proper sanitation in schools are a reality.

Solution

This project will include working with the Sherpa people in rebuilding the original trail hiked by sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa (which has been abandoned for over 50 years), and by doing so, will create better access and lowered transportation costs for supplies into the high mountain villages as well as open additional access into the Khumbu, which will bring with it opportunities for local communities to engage with the annual tourism industry, bringing awareness to pressing issues and creating development opportunities.

Long-Term Impact

After initiating the project with the help of local Sherpa, skilled community laborers, government officials, and landowners, the trail has since been completed.

Status

Initiated in 2011 and currently completed.

Project Photos

Recent Stories Involving This Project

Spring 2011 Nepal – Day 1-3

The team arrives into Kathmandu after 39 hours of traveling. With more airplane time than anyone would ever want to...
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Spring 2011 Nepal – Day 4

This morning the team left for the airport around 4:30 AM. Rested and ready, it was time to continue onward....
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Spring 2011 Nepal – Day 5

If there’s ever a way to wake yourself up in the morning, jumping into Phakding’s freezing cold river would be...
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Spring 2011 Nepal – Day 6

The day of rest began at 5 am. The group headed up the jagged and rocky steps of Namche Bazaar...
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Spring 2011 Nepal – Day 7-12

Day 7 This morning we woke up to thick white clouds masking the 24,000ft peaks encompassing Namche.  After our final...
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Spring 2011 Nepal – Day 13-15

Day 13 The propellers of the Dornier 228s thundered across the valley as plane after plane landed in Lukla this...
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