Mount Everest Foundation For Sustainable Development (MEFSD)

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Mount Everest Foundation For Sustainable Development (MEFSD)

The Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development (MEFSD) exists to help local low income families help themselves build schools and hospitals, environmental and cultural preservation projects in remote areas and near to Mount Everest. The MEFSD is a registered charity of Nepal number 326/060/61. 


Contribute Financially. We also encourage you to join our Service Trek, donate clothing, equipment and supplies. Thank you:


The local people need your donations by cheque and also online using your credit card (please click the link below): 100% of funds raised go to the specific projects they support. No funds will be taken for administration or other expenses. No funds will be used for other than the exact project for which they were designated.

The MEFSD encourages efficient utilization of local, natural, and global resources. It is the MEFDS' policy that priority will be given to programmes addressing education, health, environment and cultural preservation. The implementation of these services and activities will directly benefit a large section of the people and environment of Nepal for their physical, mental, and spiritual betterment.

Mount Everest Foundation For Sustainable Development (MEFSD)

About the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development :

We understand that it is necessary to give something back to the people and the areas we visit. Our efforts focus on helping local families to help themselves to:


Patale health post worker Jamyang and Dr. Lisa McClellan examine a Nepalese baby). photo Murari Sharma:. Patle Health post re-build after earth quake. Photo Jangbu

School at Patle photo by Juan P.

  • Build hospitals, schools, environmental and cultural preservation projects to help poor families in Nepal and Tibet.
  • Organize and lead medical, educational, environmental and cultural service-walks to help local people help themselves and to encourage
  • Providing medical care during the service-walks.
  • Bring clothing and medical supplies to remote Nepal.
  • Educate Nepalese children by helping build new schools, hiring additional teachers and providing educational materials.
  • Educate local people to become teachers in the rural villages where they live, in order to build sustainable education opportunities.
  • Educate local people to become health workers in the rural villages where they live, in order to promote sustainable health services in remote areas.
  • Work together with our sponsors, who insist we care for the environments and cultures we visit. 
  • Support cultural preservation and restoration projects to sustain local foundations on the edge of disappearing, both physically and socially.
  • Support environmental cleanup projects and awareness in order to calm the effects of tourism in the Himalaya and keep these majestic areas pristine.

Dr. Jen showing photos. Cindy checking patients photo by Juan P.


Kandu Sherpa who got Tuberculosis, year ago and treat in kathmandu help by Mount Everest foundation. Walking down to other village. Working in the Kitchen for dinner. 


Nuri pointing out Mt. Everest. Walking through forest to Patle. John showing Patle village to Kim. 


Mount Everest Foundation UK

  • 30 Downfield Lodge, Downfield Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2TQ, ENGLAND
  • Landline Phone: +44 (0)7810 375400 (evenings please)
  • Email:

Mount Everest Foundation USA

  • 5212 Whiskey Beach Lane, Longbranch, WA, 98351, USA
  • Landline phone: +1 360 570 0715
  • Email:

Mount Everest Foundation Nepal

  • Halchok, Shoyambhu, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Landline phone: +977 9851091456
  • Email:


Water filtration donation to village.  Namaste Welcome to our Village. Photo Erik

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Mount Everest Foundation For Sustainable Development Service Walks You can Join

Service Walks Nepal: Please check out for more information about our recent treks.

Join our international groups of men and women of all ages for one of these fun Service Walks in Nepal, sponsored by SummitTrek. We have an Everest Basecamp Service Walk in March-April and a Remote Nepal Service Walk in November-December each year. Please read the descriptions below and click the links to see full websites for each walk.
1) Everest Basecamp Service Walk:

Please keep in mind our Everest Basecamp Service Walk to the Pema Choling Buddhist women’s convent, also known as the Deboche Nunnery (also spelled Debouche Nunnery and Debouche Monastery), where 20 impoverished nuns live in a leaky old convent, while also getting to walk to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar. The building is falling down, and many tourists walk past and never consider it. The nunnery was built in 1928 and it has had little or no maintenance since. The convent is the “sister-monastery” to the famous Thyangboche monastery on top of the hill between beautiful Deboche and Namche, along the Everest basecamp walk. The men who live in the monastery on top of the hill have brand new buildings with fancy paintings and solid walls and intact roofs, while the women live at the bottom of the slope in very simple (and leaky) circumstances. We plan to help with putting in a new water system and remodeling the building the nuns share for a few days before heading up to Everest base camp and Kala Pattar. This walk is run by the Mount Everest Foundation ( ) and sponsored by SummitTrek. All proceeds from the walk go directly to the Deboche Nunnery Foundation.

  • 30 March-20 April, 2010, 2011 & 2012.
  • 2010 Trek: Donation: $2750, £1650, €1850. 
  • 2011 Trek: Donation: $3050, £1850, €2050. 
  • (Your contribution for the trek and your international flight are tax deductible).


A view of the Deboche Nunnery and surrounding valley (Marcia Macdonald).  Nuns made a special prayer ceremony wishing good luck to our team at the Deboche Nunnery (Dan Mazur). Two of our members up near Everest basecamp, Everest in the background (Patty Burritt).

2) Remote Nepal Service Walk:

Please keep in mind our Remote Nepal Service Walk to the just born health clinic in Patale Village in the hills near Everest, an economically poor but environmentally and culturally beautiful Sherpa and Buddhist tribal region not far from Mount Everest National Park. You would be welcome to join. We will be visiting the remote clinic (2-3 days walk from any airport or road) and delivering needed medicines to this seldom visited area which lies at an elevation of around 2000 metres, 6500 feet in forested and grassy green slopes between clear flowing streams. It will be a chance to walk the rugged hills during warm pleasant weather and meet the lovely local Sherpa families, who are always so welcoming to us as they see so few foreigners during their isolated lives. This walk is run by the Mount Everest Foundation ( and sponsored by SummitTrek. All proceeds from the walk go directly to the Mount Everest Foundation.

  • 20 November to 3 December 2010, 2011 and 2012. 14 Days in Nepal.
  • 2010 Trek: Donation: $1450, £850, €950. 
  • 2011 Trek: Donation: $1650, £950, €1150 (100% of your contribution for the trek and your international flight are tax deductible).


Patale health post worker Jamyang and Dr. Lisa McClellan examine a Nepalese baby (Murari Sharma). Ms. Elselien, Dr. Lee Levin, and Ms. Kandu Sherpa, standing next to an ancient Buddhist Mani Wall, and the 7000 meter peaks of Numbur and Kwangde in the background. Everest and Lhotse are barely visible in the right hand of the photo (Dan Mazur). Our team brought much needed school supplies to Patale Village and are handing them out to the children in the photo. There are 3 classrooms that serve over 70 students from grades 1 through 5. The school has 3 teachers on staff and students travel here daily from as far away as a 3-hour walk to attend classes daily (Morris Prokop).

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Please send in your feedback about our new website, as we are always trying to improve the charity/non-profit information and wish to say hello to those who visit. Thanks! 

Mount Everest Foundation For Sustainable Development Ways You Can Help

Please choose one of three ways to help families in poor remote Nepal improve their situation:

Volunteer in Nepal: thank you for becoming involved with charitable giving, donation, philanthropy and contribution to the Himalaya and charity non-profit volunteer service work, helping local people help themselves to build hospitals, schools, environmental, and cultural preservation projects.

1) Join a Service Walk: Come to Nepal for an enjoyable walk to meet friendly local people who live in beautiful, safe areas near Mount Everest, which tourists seldom experience. Your visit will help poor families to help themselves.


Nuri pointing out Mt. Everest. Walking through forest to Patle. John showing Patle village to Kim. 

2) : Host a lecture to raise funds for the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development. Dan Mazur, one of our Everest leaders would like to visit your club, school, church, business or group and make an exciting film and photo presentation. Dan is known for leading Greg Mortenson’s “Three Cups of Tea” expedition, featured in the best selling book. He also led the rescue of Australian climber Lincoln Hall on Mount Everest. Hall had been left for dead and Mazur with fellow climbers abandoned the summit to save Hall’s life.


Dati and Pasi, Dati a nurse and Pasi Health worker. One of the damage house at Patle by EarthQuake. 

The story was featured on The NBC Today Show with Matt Lauer, in the New York Times and People Magazine. Photo right: Dan in Mustagata basecamp (Manuel Weber).

3) Make a donation to support schools, hospitals, environmental and cultural preservation projects in Nepal.There are several different ways to make a donation to the MEF:

a) If you would prefer to mail a cheque, please make it payable to “The Mount Everest Foundation”.

Please mail your cheque to:

  • Mount Everest Foundation
  • 30 Downfield Lodge, Downfield Road, Clifton Bristol BS8 2TQ, ENGLAND
  • Landline and answer-phone: +44 (0)7810 375400
  • POB 1454, Olympia, WA, 98507, USA
  • Landline phone: +1 360 570 0715

The above cheque will go directly into the account of the charity/non-profit and 100% of funds raised will go directly to the causes and projects they support.


Grand Ma and Grand Son. Local villager kid looking inside at the door of Patle Health Center. Photo Erik.

b) In the case that a US Department of Revenue (IRS) tax deduction is needed, the Mount Everest Foundation works together with the US-registered charity: 'The Mountain Fund'. It is 501c3 tax registered with the IRS and their IRS registration number is: 20-2570273.

Please make the check payable to the 'Mountain Fund' and post to:

Mountain Fund
POB 123
Lakebay, WA, 98349

In this case, the Mountain Fund incurs an administrative cost in processing these funds of 10%, and will issue you with the receipt for the total amount you have payed, for your tax return. You can also get a tax receipt for your airline ticket if you are joining us for a Service Walk.

c) Those paying tax in the UK can take approximately 28% of the cost of their donation off of their taxes, or they can take advantage of having the Inland Revenue Service 'gift aid' the tax directly back to the charity. The Mount Everest Foundation works together with the UK-registered charity: 'Rural Assistance Nepal'. It is registered with the UK Charity Commission and their registration number is: 1124311.

Please make cheques payable and post to:

Rural Assistance Nepal

30 Downfield Lodge, Downfield Road, Clifton Bristol BS8 2TQ, ENGLAND

In this case, Rural Assistance Nepal incurs an administrative cost in processing these funds of 10%, and will issue you with the receipt for your taxes.

d) It is possible to make online donations through the Mountain Fund using your credit card for the following projects (please click the links below):

Mount Everest Foundation

Deboche Nunnery

Once at the project pages, click the 'donate now' buttons to access their secure payment pages. Please make sure to send us an email if you pay using your credit card with the amount you donated, the project you donated to, and the date, enabling us to track your payment.

e) We also accept donations of climbing equipment, clothing, blankets, jackets, hats, shoes etcetera. School supplies are generally much less expensive in Kathmandu, so no pencils or paper please. The shipping cost for us to bring these donations to Nepal is $150, £105, €130 for a 30 kilo bag, which means it runs $5, £3.50, €4 a kilo. Please contact us if you're interested.

100% of funds donated to the Mount Everest Foundation go directly to the projects they support. No funds are wasted on administration, office expenses, etcetera.

We periodically send out newsletters and special updates to our donors to keep you informed on where your money went and how it is being spent. We also have a donor-page where you can see who has been donating, in addition to you.

Thank you so much for all of your kind compassion and wonderful help to the people and environment of Nepal and Tibet.

Please send in your feedback about our new website, as we are always trying to improve the charity/non-profit information and wish to say hello to those who visit. Thanks!
People You Can Help - Opportunities to Sponsor Individuals
People You Can Help Through the Mount Everest Foundation -
List of Donors - Helping the MEF Reach Goals and Help the People of Nepal/Tibet

Below are a list of generous donors that have helped the MEF change the lives of local people in Nepal and Tibet (don't see your name listed? Please let us know so we can add you, thanks):

Special Thanks to the Following Organizers of Projects and Patrons of the Mount Everest Foundation:

Former Service Walk Members - 

Service Trek November 2009:

  • Ms. Katherine Waldrop - US
  • Ms. Jacqueline Cross - UK
  • Brian Cross - UK
  • David Begneaud - US

Service Trek October 2009:

  • Ms. Edith Hoag-Godsey - US
  • Ms. Angela White - US
  • Ms. Erin Coughlin - US
  • Ms. Marissa Dedes - US
  • Ms. Minna Navvab - US
  • Ms. Nikkole Shea - US
  • Ms. Diane Asher - US
  • Ms. Katrina Tabor - US

Service Trek June 2009:

  • Ms. Elaine Smith - New Zealand
  • Ms. Rachel Dillhoff - US
  • Ms. Alexa Dillhoff - US
  • Ms. Shelley Bloom - US
  • Ms. Chu Trandinh - France/US
  • Ms. Ying Hsu - US

Service Trek November 2008:

  • Ms. Sandy Murray - US
  • Ms. Barbara Trenary - US
  • Ms. Liz Carr - US
  • Ms. Christy Thuesen - US
  • Ms. Lilia Wong - US
  • Ms. Hong Hoang - US
  • David Dogruel - US

Service Trek June 2007:

  • Ms. Lisa McClellan - US
  • Ms. Celia Rogers - UK
  • Kanad Chakrabarty - US

Service Trek June 2004:

  • Ms. Elselien te Hennepe - Netherlands
  • Dr. John Vavruska - US
  • Dr. Lee Levin

Past Lecture Hosts/Organizers -

2009 lectures:

  • 14 January - Pierce County Library: University Place Branch
  • 18 January - Pierce County Library: Bonny Lake Branch
  • 29 January - Tenino HighSchool
  • 9 February - Pierce County Library: Orting Branch
  • 10 February - Pierce County Library: Summit Branch
  • 11 February - Pierce County Library: Buckley Branch
  • 14 February - Pierce County Library: Eatonville Branch
  • 13-15 March - Association for Experiential Education (AAE): Northwest Region Conference
  • 17 March - Pierce County Library: Tillicum Branch

2008 lectures: 

  • 4 December - U of Oregon Outdoor

2007 lectures:

  • 12 December Reading RISC AAC
  • 10 December Portland Trio Nasp
  • 21 November San Francisco World Expeditions
  • 19 September Redmond Overlake School
  • 25 August Orlando FFI
  • 18 August Timberline Lodge Young Presidents Organization International
  • 25 March AAC New England Section
  • 22 March Renton Primary School
  • 16 March Redding Mountain Bike Club
  • 13 March Aberdeen Mountain Club
  • 14 March London Castle Climbing Centre
  • 15 March Basingstoke-Alton Climbing Club
  • 10 March Vancouver Thomas Jefferson Middle School
  • 5 March Vancouver Cascade Middle School
  • 27 February Laguna Niguel Bacchus Society
  • 24 February Los Angeles Beit T'Shuvah Recovery Center
  • 23 February Pasadena REI
  • 22 February Polytechnic School
  • 21 February Malibu Rotary Club
  • 20 February University of Chapel Hill
  • 19 February Charlotte North Carolina Jesse Brown's
  • 16 February Vancouver International Film Festival
  • 15 February Seattle Language Academy
  • 10 February Longbranch Improvement Club
  • 8 February Seattle Feathered Friends
  • 20 January Seattle Washington CEO Convention
  • 14 January Clearwater Convention Center
  • 13 January Tampa BigCat Foundation

2006 Lectures:

  • 17 December Bristol Climbing Club
  • 14 December Birmingham Climbing Club
  • 6 December Malibu Jewish Center

2005 Lectures:

  • 11 January, Southern California Mountaineers Association, RockClimbing. org, Los Angeles
  • 24 January, 7:00 pm, Summit Canyon Mountaineering, 732 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601, Shane Edmonds (970) 945-7062;
  • 25 January, 7:30 pm, Steamboat Springs Community Centre, next to the Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, CO, 80477, George Barlow, (970) 879-5453;
  • 26 January, 7:15 pm, Wild Mountain Outfitters (near Candyman), 851 Saint Michael's Drive, Santa Fe, NM, 87505, Jon and Jan Asher, (505) 986-1152;
  • 27 January, 7:30 pm, Colorado Mountaineering Club, Boulder Club House, Table Mesa Shopping Centre, 633 South Broadway, Unit N , Boulder, CO, 80305, Bob Guthrie (720) 838-4197;
  • 2 February, 7:30 pm. Red Lion, Redding, California, Ginger Cloud (530) 275-8238
  • 5 February, 2:00 pm, Vertical Ventures, 5402-E Pioneer Park Blvd., Tampa, FL, 33634, (813) 884-ROCK
  • 6 February, 10:00 am, The Harbourview Centre, 300 Cleveland Street, Clearwater, FL, 33755, (727) 462-6778
  • 8 February, 7:00 pm, Jesse Brown's, Sharon Corners, 4732 Sharon Road, Across from South Park Mall, Charlotte, NC, 28210, Jeff Botz (704) 287-7910
  • 9 February, 7:45 pm, Eisenhart Auditorium, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY, 14603, Stu Milligan, Adirondack Mountain Club, (585) 436-5581
  • 10 February, 7:00 pm, Thoreau School, 91 Laurel Street, Concord, MA, 01742, Near Concord Centre, Court Booth, Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education, (978) 318-1540
  • 11 February, 7:00 pm, Bresnahan School, 333 High Street, Newburyport, MA, 01950, Tim Hanke, CubMaster, Pack 21, (978) 462-5745
  • 21 February, 20:00, Climbing Centre Rock Steady, Zanderijweg 12-14, Bussum, Netherlands, tel 079-3230323;
  • 22 February, 19:30, Climbing Centre Ayers Rock, Buytenparklaan 14, Zoetenmeer, Netherlands 035-6925000;
  • 23 February, 7:30 pm, King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield, West Sussex, England.
    Next to 'White horse pub' and opposite the village pond. Mike East, 07885402526
    01444 484970

Lectures 2003 & 2004:

  • 19 November. Alpine Club Northern Lecture Series: Hathersage
  • 27 November, London, Private showing. Henry Dallal
  • 9 December. Focus Fitness, Albuquerque
  • 10 December. Wild Mountain Outftters, Santa Fe
  • 11 December, EMS Denver
  • 12 December. EMS Boulder
  • 14 December, Winter Park, Beaver's Condos
  • 17 December, Lake Oswego
  • 7 January, Seattle, Second Ascent
  • 15 January. Greenspoint Club, Houston
  • 16 January. Continental Reservations Center, Houston
  • 20 January. Appalachian Mountain Club. Boston
  • 21 January. MIT Outing Club, Cambridge
  • 22 January. Wilderness House, Boston
  • 23 January. St Johnsbury Academy, Vermont (3 shows)
  • 26 January Syracuse Carrier Circle, New York
  • 27 January. Suny Oneonta, New York
  • 1 February, Nivon, Rotterdam
  • 3 February Sleaford Mountain Club
  • 5 February Christ's Hospital School, Horsham
  • 9 February. Pipeworks Gym, Sacramento
  • 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, and 25 February for A16, Southern California, with Pemba Doma Sherpa, first Nepalese woman to climb Everest and Survive, and Murari Sharma, trekking expert.
  • England and Wales: 10-20 February, 2003: Central Asia Institute
  • Monday, 10 February, Guildford Mountain Club meeting at "The Boathouse" 8pm
  • Tuesday, 11 February, 2003, Alpine Club, London, 7:30pm
  • Thursday, 13 February, Saatchi's, London
  • Sunday, 16 February, 2003, Theatre Brycheiniog, Brecon, Wales, 7pm
  • Tuesday, 18 February, Rockhopper Mountain Club, London, at the Bull and Mouth, 8pm
  • Thursday, 20 February, 2003, Taunton Leisure, Bedminster, Bristol, 8pm
  • Colorado and New Mexico: January 23-30, 2003: Anatoli Boukreev Memorial Fund
  • Thursday, January 23, 2003: Colorado Mountain Club, Golden, 7:00pm
  • Friday, January 24, 2003: EMS-Denver, 7:00pm
  • Monday, January 27, 2003, Stone Age Climbing Gym, Albuquerque, 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, January 28, 2003, Focus Fitness, Albuquerque, 7:15pm
  • Wednesday, January 29, 2003, Wild Mountain Outfitters, Santa Fe, 7:30pm
  • Thursday, January 30, 2003, Neptunes, Boulder, 8:00pm.

Lectures 2002:

  • Alpine Club, London
  • Brecon Outdoor Centre, Wales
  • Mountain Community, Portland Oregon
  • EMS, Denver Colorado
  • Seattle, Second Ascent
  • Staehelin Family, Basel
  • Berg Family, Berlin
  • Scheck Family, Stuttgart
  • van der Plas family, Brussels
  • Ericsson Ski Club, Skier's Lodge, La Mege, Franced
  • Ozark, Shanghai
  • Ozark, Beijing
  • Ozark, Chengdu
  • Ozark, Shenzhen
  • Ozark, Lhasa

Do you know of any places anywhere in the world where we might present our exciting presentation during 2010 and 2011? Please get in touch and email: and Thank you very much for all of your kindness and help to the  families and environments of Nepal and Tibet!!!

Please contact us:

Please send in your feedback about our new website, as we are always trying to improve the charity/non-profit information and wish to say hello to those who visit. Thanks!