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 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
USD130 from Phil Whitwell
USD200 from Gaye Kittel
USD250 from Carsten Nebel
USD300 from Max Sadler
USD500 from Bruce Utsey
USD500 from Jim Twiss
EUR220 (USD250) from Barbara and Harald
USD200 from anon
USD300 from Greg Weston
Money donated so far:
Separate from the above, USD750 donated by Jamie & Esther and already given to Pemba and family
USD993 to Lobsang
USD993 to Ram Lal
USD989 to Bali
USD700 to Bire Tamang
USD600 to Angchuk
USD700? to Stanzin Kungha - planned
USD700 to Raj Kumar
Currently, there is ~$1000 in the kitty either to share with selected Expedition Himalaya staff when they add an equal amount or for a second round; this is going to be a long crisis.
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.
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(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, his tough horse-mule team and astute leadership enabling us to take the wildest, most remote trails.
From Kargyak in Zanskar, Stanzin has been working for us since 2016 and wants to become a guide; he has been an able helper so far and has climbed Dzo Jongo a couple of times too.
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.
Having said that, the amount collected was well in excess of what I expected and I will distribute more widely.
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 epic 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 and in 2019, cook for our National Geographic Everest expedition.
From a long time a go, Bire with our awesome Mustang and Saribung Wild team