Because it's there.

“What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to enjoy life.” – George Mallory

Earlier this spring, I had the good fortune of reminiscing with Rick Millikan about his grandfather, George Mallory. Yes, that Mallory, who on June 8, 1924, set out with Sandy Irvine to be the first to climb Everest, or Chomolungma as we Sherpas and Tibetans call it.

They were last seen about 800 feet below the 29,035 ft summit.

One hundred years later, narratives about Everest are still haunted by the question of whether Mallory and Irvine made it to the summit. We may never know.

But this spring, over 400 climbers will join the queue to try to make it to the highest point on earth. The lure is that strong. Much has changed, from the climate to the the tons of trash now scattered across the mountain.

What has not changed since 1924 is climbers' dependence on Sherpas and other high-altitude workers. They are the backbone of all expeditions and this dangerous work is how they feed their families.

AHF is dedicated to helping the Sherpas and other Himalayan people. Whether it’s a crisis that demands swift action or longterm funding for things like education and healthcare, we’re there. 

George Mallory, when asked by a reporter why he’d like to climb Everest, said “because it’s there.” Ask AHF why we continue to do this work, and our answer is “because the need is there.”

And now, we need your help. This Everest Day, consider becoming part of the Base Camp Crew with a monthly gift or make a one-time donation. It's easy, just sign up, and we’ll do the rest. 

So, please join us. Be a lifeline for people in need. It may not be Everest, but your kindness will never be forgotten.

Best regards,

Norbu Tenzing
Vice President


Photograph: National Geographic & John Noel Collection