During the trek to the start of the race, you will be able to visit four CAN projects - the Sherpa Heritatge House and three Porter Rescue Shelters.
Sherpa Heritage House, Khumjung [3900m]
SHH is an exciting project which has only been made possible through the vision of Pertemba Sherpa. He is handing over his historic family home to a Community Trust (administered by Pertemba, his family and village elders), conserving almost vanished Sherpa traditions for future generations. Built by Pertemba’s ancestors 350 years ago, SHH is even older than many local monasteries and, being untouched for generations, is now unique among the Everest villages, where Sherpa houses have been radically modernised. The towering peak of Ama Dablam [6812m] provides the backdrop to this picturesque Sherpa village.
Pertemba Sherpa has summited Everest three times: by the SW Face in 1975 (with Doug Scott) and again in 1979, and then by the SE Ridge in 1985 (with Chris Bonington). Pertemba was chosen to guide HRH Prince Charles through the Annapurna region on the Prince's first trek in Nepal. Pertemba is now a Member of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, the Himalayan Trust (which runs 20 schools and various health facilities) and is a Director of a number of Japanese and French foundations that provide funds for the education of children of deceased Sherpa mountaineers. He is pictured here with HRH Prince of Wales and Sir Chris Bonington at a Buckingham Palace garden party, June 2018.
A successful appeal for funds in 2008 was supported by HRH The Prince of Wales, who recognises the significance of culture and tradition. Refurbishment took place at the beginning of this decade and the Sherpa Heritage House began its new existence as a 'living museum' with the traditional Gompa and a tea house adjacent to it. Visitors were able to witness a pattern of life that once intimately connected the Sherpa people, their livestock, their religion and the mountains. Tragically, the 2015 earthquakes severely damaged the building. A wise decision was made to dismantle the SHH to first floor level and store the stone and timbers ready for rebuilding. Almost all of the ancient household wares, goods and religious artefacts were saved. To ensure that SHH and the priceless murals painted on the wooden panels inside can withstand future shocks, earthquake resilient features will be built into the structure under the careful supervision of WYG.
The target figure to be raised (including Pertemba's ‘pension fund) is £200,000. Through the extraordinary generosity of supporters who have a love of Nepal, £146,000 has already been donated so the next stage of fund raising begins to raise a further £54,000 in anticipation that work can start after the monsoon in September 2018