Pre-screenings of the documentary film Sherpa: Trouble on Everest happening around New Zealand are set to raise vital funds for the Himalayan Trust’s work with communities in Everest region of Nepal.
The film tells the story of the Everest climbing season from the Sherpas’ point of view, highlighting the risks the Sherpas take bringing foreigners to the summit of Everest. Whilst filming, the crew captured a tragedy that would change Everest forever. At 6.45am on April 18, 2014, a 14 million ton block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route, killing 16 Sherpas.
Many of the climbers killed in the avalanche were from the upper Khumbu area, where the Himalayan Trust has been working for 50 years. Immediately following news of the avalanche on Everest the Himalayan Trust launched an appeal to help the families of the Nepali climbers who tragically lost their lives.
The Himalayan Trust established a fund to support the families and children of the victims. In particular, a scholarship fund was created for their children to guarantee them a full education, despite the loss of their fathers’ livelihoods. This is a commitment by the Himalayan Trust to the families for up to 15 years.
While Everest has increased in popularity and accessibility over the last 60 years, Nepalis have continued to bear much of the risk involved in summiting.
The Himalayan Trust’s education programme provides opportunities for the people of the Nepal Himalayas as a step out of poverty and a path towards a safer more secure livelihood than that offered by guiding and portering in the treacherous mountains.
Tickets are now sold out for the pre-screenings of Sherpa: Trouble on Everest. You can catch the movie when it comes out on general release in New Zealand on April 7,2016.