“If there was anything I could do for the Sherpa people, what do you think that would be?”

– Sir Edmund Hillary

After a successful attempt of conquering Mt. Everest on 29th May 1953 with Tenzing Norway Sherpa, Sir Edmund Hillary was never the sort to be able to accept the profession of full-time celebrity but he had higher ideals than that. His travels in Nepal and friendship with local people in the mountain region, particularly in the Everest region, had given him a deep appreciation of Nepalese culture and people. Yet he was not so blinded by the romantic beauty of the landscape to overlook the very real social problems that Nepalese people faced living in a small, poor country dwarfed by two giant nations. During, one of his visits in Everest region, Sir Ed asked one of his Sherpa friends above-mentioned question,”If there was anything I could do for the Sherpa people, what do you think that would be?” His Sherpa friend replied, “Burra Sahib, our children have eyes but they are blind and cannot see. Therefore, we would want you to open their eyes by building a school in our village”. This statement touched the heart of Sir Ed. Then he immediately began to raise funds and built the first school in Khumjung in 1961.

With the successful operation of Khumjung school and its impact in the region, many others from the vicinity villages of Khumjung also requested Sir Ed to build schools in their villages. Hillary responded to their request and built schools. Because of too many requests of building schools, hospitals and other projects from the local community, Sir Ed decided to raise funds through an official organisation and therefore established and registered the Himalayan Trust as a non-government organisation in New Zealand under the New Zealand Charity Act in 1963 for the betterment of Sherpa community and people of Solukhumbu.

The humanitarian initiatives under the leadership of Sir Ed were strongly appreciated and supported by an outstanding group of partners and donors around the globe. The most important of these partners and donors organizations are The Himalayan Trust New Zealand, Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation of Canada, American Himalayan Foundation, Hillary Foundation Chicago, Sir Edmund Hillary Stiftung Germany, and The Himalayan Trust UK. With the local request, Sir Ed built 27 schools, 2 hospitals (Khunde and Phaplu Hospital), dozens of village level clinics, Lukla airport, bridges and freshwater supplies. He also supported in the implementation of the Sagarmatha Forestry Project, maintenance and rebuilding of monasteries. These projects were implemented under the direct leadership of Sir Ed through Himalayan Trust New Zealand in close coordination of the advisory committee of Sherpa friends in Kathmandu until his death in 2008. The advisory committee was later transformed into Himalayan Trust Nepal and registered as a local non-governmental organization in 2005 as per the law of the government of Nepal. The main objective of the Himalayan Trust Nepal is to enhance the quality of the lives of the people in the Solukhumbu district through the integrated development of health, education, environment, and culture of the area. In line with the vision and programmes initiated by Sir Ed, Himalayan Trust Nepal supports in health, education, environment and culture promotion in Solukhumbu district.
HTN is local NGO of Solukhumbu registered at CDO office (Reg. No. 87, Solu)  and affiliated with Social Welfare Council (SWC Aff. No 21991)


“Himalayan Trust Nepal is dedicated to achieving holistic community-led sustainable mountain development guided by the vision of Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa friends in the Everest region”


“Himalayan Trust Nepal supports Education,Health,Culture, Environment, and Livelihood programmes through an inclusive,innovative and locally-driven approach.”


June Mulgrew Hillary
Former chairperson Himalayan Trust New Zealand
Late Zeke O'Connor
Executive Director and Founder of SEHF, Canada
Richard Charles Blum
Chairman American Himalayan Foundation USA
Dr. Michael Gill
Former Chairman Himalayan Trust NZ
Larry Witherbee
Chairman Hillary Foundation USA


Norbu Tenjing Norgay
Honorary Member
Reinhold Messner
Honorary Member
Phurba Sona Sherpa
Honorary Member
Prof. Wolfgang Nairz
Honorary Member
Fabienne Clauss
Honorary Member
Ingrid Versen
Honorary Member
Manfred Haupl
Honorary Member
Karen O'Connor
President, Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation Canada
John McKinnon
First Khunde Hospital doctor


Pasang Dawa Sherpa
Tashi Jangbu Sherpa
Pasang Sherpa Lama
Dr.Mingma Norbu Sherpa
Yangji Doma Sherpa
Joint - Secretary
Thukten Sherpa
Pasang Dawa Sherpa
Dawa Phuti Sherpa
Dr. Nima Namgyal Sherpa


Dr.Mingma Norbu Sherpa
Chief Executive Officer
Lhakpa Tenji Lama
Programme Manager
Baween Raj Tandukar
Admin and Finance Manager
Phurba Chheten Pradhan
Programme Officer
Pema Diki Sherpa
Admin Officer
Fura Yangee Sherpa
Finance Officer
Ang Chhiring Sherpa
Office Assistant
Man Bahadur (Sarki Magar)


Mahendra Bahadur Kathet
Education Advisor
Ishworman Rai
Teacher Trainer - Nepali
Nava Bahadur Bhujel
Computer Lab Monitoring Officer
Bishnu Rayamajhi
Teacher Trainer - Mathematics
Ujwol Bhomi
Teacher Trainer - Science
Abin Maharjan
Teacher Trainer - English
Chandra Dev Bhatt
LIL Education Coordinator
Rashmi Gurung
LIL Education Field Officer
Prabina Karki
LIL Education Field Officer
Neelam Kumari Chand
LIL Education Field Officer


Dr.Kami Temba Sherpa
Senior Medical Consultant
Dr. Mingma Kanchhi Sherpa
Doctor In-charge
Fura Doma Sherpa
Staff Nurse
Nima Sherpa
Nirmal Karki
HA (Patle Clinic)
Ang Dawa Sherpa
CMA (Phortse Clinic)
Saran Dhoj Kulung
CMA (Thame Clinic)
Dawa Jangbu Sherpa
Office Assistant
Sitakala Rai
Lab Technician
Sharmila Sherpa
Office Assistant


Er. Bijay Shrestha
Project Coordinator
Dipu Sherpa
Field Supervisor


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