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Cultural Preservation

The Cultural Preservation project

Health, education and culture are integral parts of Sherpa people’s livelihood. Therefore, helping to conserve the important cultural heritage is equally necessary for the quality of life in the region. Himalayan Trust Nepal has supported to rebuild dozens of important Buddhist monasteries, chortens, prayer wheels and monuments. These cultural sites are not only important assets for spiritual purpose but they also are equally important tourist-attraction sites for the economic development of the community and the country. Apart from physical infrastructure preservation support, HTN has been helping local schools and monasteries to teach Sherpa cultural education. For this purpose, HTN has been supporting the salaries of Sherpa cultural teachers.


To help preserve Sherpa cultural heritage
To introduce Sherpa language education in local public schools and monasteries
To help maintain the monastic institutions
To rebuild earthquake-damaged old monuments

Maintenance of Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Chorten

Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Chorten of Khumjung was also damaged by the 2015 earthquake. After the supervision of the Chorten by the HTN Chairman Mr. Pasang Dawa Sherpa and Treasurer Mr. Thukten Sherpa in April 2018, they felt that the memorial Chorten needs to be repaired. The technical team of HTN led by Mr. Bidur Mukhiya Sunuwar, in partnership with Khumjung community, retrofitted the Chorten and brought it back to its original shape. The chorten has been serving itself as one of the major attractions to visitors while interpreting the history of Sir Edmund Hillary to the Khumbu region. The renovation project was completed in June 2018.

Earthquake Relief Support

HTN provided partial support to the nine cultural monuments of the Solukhumbu region which were badly damaged by the 2015 earthquake. The support was the only token support to restore the cultural monuments of the following institutions:

Samden Chholing Gumba, Khumjung
Chaurikharka Mani Lakhang, Chaurikharka
Buksa Monastery, Juving
Pema Chholing Monastery, Chaurikharka
Phortse Thakri Chholing Monastery, Phortse
Sangag Chholing Gomba, Bhakanje
Kunde Manilhakhang, Kunde
Thame Dechen Chokorling Gomba, Thame
Ngagyur Samden Dhechen Chholing Gomba, Dudhkunda