Work in the high peaks of the Himalaya is very dangerous. Hired as climbing guides, cooks, porters and other support positions on high altitude Asian and Western expeditions, the Sherpas of Nepal have the highest mortality rate of any nationality. The goal of the Khumbu Climbing School is to increase the safety margin of Nepali climbers and high altitude workers by encouraging responsible climbing practices in a supportive and community-based program.
Started in 2003 and operating in January during the climbing off season, the Khumbu Climbing School has taught 161 students. Each year, a climbing lesson video in Nepalese has been produced on site and distributed free throughout the Khumbu region.
The KCS helps the Sherpa mountain community in Nepal by educating them in various ways that will enhance their lives and their livelihoods. Well-trained Sherpas are worth more on Western expeditions and these skills are passed on to future generation