• The beginnings of the Trust

    The beginnings of the Trust

    Ed puts his weight in on a bridge-building project

About us

The Himalayan Trust is Sir Edmund Hillary’s official Trust. It all began in the early 1960s when, during one of his journeys, Sir Ed asked a Sherpa “If there was anything I could do for the Sherpa people, what do you think that would be?”

The Sherpa immediately replied, “Burra Sahib (big 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 of Khumjung”.

This touched the heart of Ed Hillary and he immediately began to raise funds and build the first school in Khumjung. This sowed the seed of the Himalayan Trust work in the land of Everest region.



A Registered Charity

The Himalayan Trust is a registered charity with the New Zealand Charities Commission (registration CC39393).



The Himalayan Trust is generously supported by the New Zealand Aid Programme, together with donations and grants from individuals, corporates and international sister organisations.





The Himalayan Trust is a member of the Council for International Development, the umbrella organisation representing 50 New Zealand organisations working in international aid.




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