As climbers return from the heights of Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary’s son, Peter Hillary, is inviting them to both celebrate their ascent, while also challenging them to give back to the Nepalese people, to assist during the Covid pandemic.
“For many of us, climbing Everest, and the rare opportunity to stand on top of the world, is a once in a lifetime achievement. I’ve been fortunate to follow in my father’s footsteps to the summit of that great mountain, something I too will always remember.”
In these incredibly challenging times, Peter is making a personal appeal to those who have achieved this remarkable goal, to donate to the Himalayan Trust to directly help the people of Nepal right now.
Everest climbers have made a difference in their own life and I congratulate them.
Now here is the opportunity to truly commemorate their achievement and help others who so desperately need assistance.”
Everest climbers have often been called out in recent years for spending vast amounts of money to climb Everest.
Now, in these phenomenally challenging times in Nepal, with Covid numbers rising dramatically, with oxygen shortages and hospitals forced to turn people away to die, this is an immediate way climbers can truly give back to the country and the people they have climbed and shared their adventure with.
The Himalayan Trust, launched by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1960, is right now providing direct assistance with medical supplies to the Nepali people and the Sherpas in the Khumbu, through their long established hospitals and medical care facilities. But the challenges they are facing are immense and additional resources are needed.
To celebrate Everest climbers achievements, Peter is suggesting that those who summited Everest donate an amount directly related to the height they achieved on Everest, 8,848.86 meters or 29,031.70 feet.
$884.86 (for those who measure their summit in meters and reached the top).
$2,903.17 (for those who were ascending and counting their many steps to the top in feet)
For Everest climbers who have been more financially successful than most, have availed themselves of the Nepal helicopter services and are now leaving the country on private flights, they may wish to consider a donation more befitting their resources?
$8,848.86 (Everest’s height in meters)
$29,031.70 (Everest’s height in feet)
And this appeal isn’t just for past and present Everest climbers.
It is a rare opportunity to celebrate an achievement of reaching your own altitude goal.
If climbers or trekkers have been to Everest Base Camp, trekked high in Nepal, or achieved their own personal altitude goal anywhere on Earth, they can help out by sending an amount to commemorate a personal altitude record.
Choose the tallest point achieved, convert it into the relevant elevation, and donate the funds now.
$536.40 (Everest Base Camp in meters)
$1,759.80 (Everest Base Camp in feet)
Perhaps a few other altitude reference points:
$541.60 (Annapurna Circuit high point 5,416 meters on the Throng La Pass)
$1,769.00 (17,769.00 feet, height in feet)
In North America:
$619.00 (Denali summit, $6,190 meters)
$2,031.00 (Denali summit, 20,310 feet)
You may make your donation direct to the Himalayan Trust in New Zealand by mail or bank transfer.
Or donate with your credit or debit card in the USA to The American Himalayan Foundation.
Should you be located in the U.K., here is the direct link to donate at the Himalayan Trust U.K. in pounds – yes perhaps it will cost a touch more, but you can justifiably measure those high points of your life in meters.
The Himalayan Trust was established in 1960 by Sir Edmund Hillary to directly assist Nepal with education and health care.
Read more about Peter Hillary’s direct involvement in Nepal and his work in New Zealand.