Please consider donating to assist our staff
We are directly assisting our loyal core staff and welcome your contribution
There will be no trekking work for 2020 (and probably beyond) and so Jamie is personally ensuring core staff are supported so that they can survive this epic upheaval. All money donated will go to our Nepal and India staff, any charges paid by me.
Money collected so far (thank you!):
USD500 from Lars A
USD250 from Roger Nix
USD100 from Jan Sz
USD100 from Alan Kerr
USD600 from M.
USD250 from Jim Robinson
USD300 Fred M
USD1000 from Ian MacD
USD100 from Mike Parle
USD300 from Fred M
USD250 from Denio Moreira Carvalho junior
USD200 from Celesta
USD80 from Jane & Glenn Fisher
Money donated so far:
USD750/86,000NPR donated by Jamie and already given to Pemba and family
I must declare my own position first. Project Himalaya is small and unique. Unlike most other trekking companies, I don't pay myself a wage, I am not collecting a salary etc while soliciting donations.
I have always run our treks as a lifestyle "business". While living in Nepal (for 25+ years) I could not justify earning many multiples of what we paid our staff and photos sold mostly paid for my camera systems. I am now in New Zealand and pay taxes and cannot claim any welfare benefit of any sort, unemployment or covid-19 small business assistance, so no "free" money. My position is ok as I have a generous partner and my parents died in the last year.
To donate, please click the secure button below which will take you to PayPal
(Donate in your currency if you want, I will sort out, and if there are any issues, please contact me directly!)
Our India staff
Our staff have always been able to get an interest-free loan from me but this time more than a loan might be needed.
Lobsang is the mainstay of our operation in India and has been working with Project Himalaya in Ladakh since the beginning.
Lobsang (and Raj on the left, who since 2018 has had a restaurant in Manali)
Ram Lal has also been working with us more or less from our beginning in Ladakh, helping in every way possible, as well as bringing his tough horse mules team enabling us to take the wildest, most remote trails.
And a photo of Kungha to come later...
Our Nepal staff
In Nepal, we work with Expedition Himalaya who share work around the staff, so there are multiple overseas companies who employ them and can assist. Therefore the people that have almost exclusively worked for Project Himalaya are the ones without other possible safety nets, and so our support will go to Bali and Bire first.
Bali (Bal Bahadur) Lopchan
Bali (Bal Bahadur) Lopchan is the guide-sirdar on our toughest treks, ie all of them!
Jamie and Bali at the end of our 2015 GHT Wild West trek
Bire (Bir Bahadur) Tamang
Bire (Bir Bahadur) Tamang is a trek guide and sometimes cook for our tough camping treks.
From a long time a go, Bire with our awesome Mustang and Saribung Wild team