This project is a result of a commitment to a long-standing vision by Wongchhu Sherpa, who has taken his Everest summits and business successes to give back to his boyhood village by developing roads, water projects, and a school. When asked what he further wished to accomplish, he stated that he wishes to bring better access and quality of healthcare to his local village and lower Solukhumbu region. This project is derived from that wish.
Two organizations currently spearhead this project. Wongchhu Peak Promotion (Lakpa Sherpa, managing director) is coordinating the local and national efforts in Nepal. From the USA, HRA-USA (Everest ER), led by Drs. Luanne Freer and Eric Johnson are joined by Dr. Paul Auerbach from Stanford University to work on project planning and international coordination. The WMS is coordinating the US-based fundraising efforts and organizes treks to Nepal, the proceeds of which are donated to the hospital.
Wongchhu Sherpa (Bio)
Wongchhu became an accomplished guide and mountaineer. He summited Everest, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Makalu, Sisha Pangma, Langtang, Cho-oyu, Kilimanjaro, Mustaghata, Fuji, Island Peak, Lobuche, Mera, Naya Kanga, Lang Shisha, Rainer, and Kebnekaise. In the early evolution of Peak Promotion, Wongchu participated in the 1998 David Breashears IMAX movie Everest that documented the summit bid during the disaster in the spring of 1996. Working with the media became and an important part of Peak Promotion operations, opening the world’s eyes to the beauty of and respect demanded by the tallest mountain on Earth while providing necessary funding for local projects.
$25 hats (for pick-up only in Georgetown, Washinton DC)
January 2021 pick-up
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