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The 25th of April 2015 was a Saturday. Two of us were out fishing on the River Dee in Aberdeenshire when Sue’s phone rang. It was a friend from Nepal asking if she had heard the news? No, we hadn’t. This was the day a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. 9,000 people were killed, many more severely injured and over half a million buildings were damaged or destroyed. At Everest Base Camp the earthquake triggered an avalanche that killed 21 people. One of these was a Pasang Temba Sherpa, a long time friend of Sue’s. At the same time his family house in Pangboche collapsed leaving his family to live in a tent. That day, we immediately decided to do some fundraising to assist some of the Sherpa families that were bereaved or had their properties destroyed. Thanks to the generosity of many we raised approximately $40,000, much to our astonishment. We weren’t a charity, we called the fundraising Sherpa Family Support. With this money we helped rebuild property, give funding for immediate expenses, for small business development and for the costs of children. Today, we have a few thousand dollars set aside to help these families over the next few years if required. Since 2015 our activities in the mountains of Nepal near Everest have developed. We’re interested in working with a local NGO, the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee to assist in waste management. We’d like to support traditional building skills and sustainable small business for local people. It was very apparent we would benefit from official charitable status as the anticipated costs of our activities grew. In late 2020 The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) approved the Khumbu Sherpa Project.

About us: About Us





Colin lives in Braemar village within the Cairngorm National Park in Scotland. A Director of Braemar Mountain Sports Ltd he has experience of small business development in the outdoor retail, hospitality and construction industries. Interests outdoors are ski touring and mountaineering. He has been involved in mountain rescue for 30 years and is a qualified avalanche forecaster. Very happy on a building site in the Khumbu swinging a hammer alongside local people and learning a few words of Sherpa language!




Kirsty completed an engineering degree in Scotland before moving to Norway to undertake a Master’s in Sustainable Architecture, her thesis being “Future sustainable development of buildings in the high-altitude Khumbu region of Nepal”. In doing this she developed many contacts in the mountains. She now works in the Norwegian construction industry advising on energy and the sustainable construction of buildings. An active ski tourer, climber and kayaker she also experience of working in hospitality.




Craigie studied architecture in Scotland and Italy, with a particular interest in sustainability and sensitivity to vernacular form and methods. A lifelong builder and maker, his diverse design practice has been interspersed with university teaching and with hands-on work both on site and at his framing yard. Projects have ranged from rural Tanzania to central London. Having grown up in the Cairngorms he is a hillwalker and skier.




Angnuru was born in Pangboche village, a little over 13,000 feet in the heart of the Khumbu. With little education he worked as a porter, graduating to working on Everest when he was age 14. He first summitted Everest in 2003. The following year he submitted with Sue Harper and then spent many years working on big mountains in both Nepal and Tibet. Along with his wife Maya they now run Dzongla Inn beneath the Cho La pass. He’s a partner in a Trek 8848, speaks fluent English and has a wealth of contacts accoss the Khumbu.




Ganga lives in Paiya, a days walk below Lukla. Ganga is a respected local builder employing several people and works on a variety of projects; private housing, tourist lodges and the school. Himself a skilled woodworker his organisational skills in managing construction projects are strong. He owns an area of woodland which he manages sustainably from where much of the timber used in his business comes from. He up is an elected member of the local Pasang Lhamu Parliament

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Sue has been passionate about wild places all her life. With a degree in outdoor education, an International Mountain Leader award and as a qualified ski instructor she has spent most of her working life in the mountains. She has sailed the Atlantic and in 2004 was the first British female to lead an Everest expedition. She successfully summited on 16th May that year. Since then Sue has spent many seasons in the Himalayas and has many friends there as well as trusted business contacts.




Graham has worked as an outdoor professional all his life; avalanche forecasting in winter and working as mountain/trekking guide, mountain bike guide and boat skipper in the summer. He has spent considerable time working in the Himalaya and Karakoram mountains and is particularly familiar with the Khumbu region.
Graham also runs a small renewables company in Scotland and has expertise in micro-renewable systems as well as bespoke and off-grid building




Dan is a well established joiner and builder in the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland undertaking a variety of new build and renovation projects. A keen hillwalker, mountain biker and committed motor bike racer. Previously Dan worked with a stove fitting company. His experience in this field is invaluable in advising on appropriate installation of stoves and sealed flues as an alternative to open fires that are still commonplace in many traditional kitchens and a cause of respiratory illness. His ability to think on his feet and improvise are particularly useful in the Khumbu!

About us: Meet the Team
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