27th April 2020

Hari Budha Magar wants you to climb Everest at home


Gurkha hero and climbing extraordinaire Hari Budha Magar is calling for people across the UK to climb Everest this lockdown in aid of Gurkha veterans.

But there’s a twist to the challenge. Climbers won’t be flying to Nepal to complete the challenge – they’ll be matching the height from their own staircases, ramps and nearby hills.

The former Gurkha and supporter of The Gurkha Welfare Trust will be cheering you on along the way:

“Now is the perfect time to climb the mighty Mount Everest, virtually!”

“For 15 years I was very proud to serve in the Brigade of Gurkhas, before I was medically discharged from the British Army. I lost both my legs above the knee to an IED whilst serving in Afghanistan in 2010.  Growing up in Nepal, I have always wanted to climb Everest, and now I am planning my own expedition next year. I will be the first above knee, double amputee to attempt to reach the summit.”

“I really believe nothing is impossible, so come on let’s do this together and imagine we are in the incredible Himalayas… at 8,848m!”

“Please join me in supporting the Gurkha Welfare Trust and raise some money for Gurkha veterans, their families and communities living in Nepal.”

Register here

Keep yourself active this year. Tackle the greatest challenge of them all – Mount Everest. From home?!

In the spirit of keeping things moving this year we are encouraging our supporters to join us in setting themselves the challenge of scaling the largest mountain in the world – Beginning 1 May, over 12 weeks, and from their own homes.

Open to everyone, no matter your age, health or ability, this is a challenge to keep active during these testing times. Those who finish will be posted a victory medal for their efforts.

Everest stands at 8,848m high and overlooks the most beautiful country of all – Nepal. Home to our 500 staff and the thousands of Gurkha veterans and widows we care for, last year the country struggled with the influx of tourists attempting the summit – prompting this picture of queues at the top of the mountain. This year, with the world in lockdown, the mountain is getting a well-earned rest. But that doesn’t mean you get one too!

We are asking our supporters to scale Everest with us, by climbing their stairs or walking up local inclines, and achieving the equivalent elevation of 8,848m.

Register here

Like all charities, we have been severely affected by the economic downturn and logistical implications the pandemic has brought. Donations to the Trust have reduced and our staff in Nepal have had to pause projects across the country. Crucially we are still able to deliver vital financial and medical support to our most vulnerable veterans and widows – but we need your support. For 200 years they fought for us, now we fight for them.

Not good with maths? Tell us how you hope to achieve it and our team will help you formulate a plan.

We’re taking part too!



Georgia Oliver is our Events & Challenges Officer and plans on tackling Everest her way, by climbing her stairs 3,350 times. (That’s 40 times a day)!

In true mountaineering style she will be wearing the full gear and hopes to complete her mighty ascent by the end of July.

You can sponsor her efforts here.

Any questions? Fill in the form below.

We will be with you every step of the way – sharing photos and words of encouragement! See you at the top.

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