Pem and Moni Sherpa hiking on Cottonwood Pass — the hike that put the wheels in motion and evolved into Education Elevated —

Education Elevated's Trek to Mount Everest

“Free Tibet,” “Support the Monks,” “Boycott the Chinese Olympic Ceremonies!” Those are common shouts heard in and around Nepal, India, and Tibet, not to mention the rest of the Hindu-supporting world. Since 2001, not only have the Tibetan people taken refuge in the mountain ranges of Nepal and into India, but daily the Nepalese encounter war and turmoil from Maoist aggressors. And recent land mines have injured and killed hundreds — including children. The children of the world — even in third world countries — are our future. What can we do to help?

In 2006, a seed was planted, has sprout in 2007, and now in 2008, blossomed into reality. Pem Sherpa had a heartfelt idea to change to world, one child at a time by helping the children’s schools in Nepal. Pem and Moni Sherpa are native Nepalese and were the first couple to ever be married on top of Mount Everest and they now reside in Kathmandu. Pem grew up in the Chyangba Village, which is in the Everest Region, Solukhumbu District, and his family still lives there. This is his story of how he met an amazing woman who has taken an idea and made it into a reality.

Hike on the way to Everest B.C.

Gerri Kier (a native of Colorado) met Pem and Moni Sherpa on a Rotary hiking day in July of 2006.  As the three hiked around Cottonwood Pass outside of Buena Vista, Colorado Pem suggested that Gerri hike to Everest Base Camp. After much prayer and consideration the wheels started to turn and a trekking trip to Everest Base Camp was added to the schedule for May, 2008.

As Pem and Gerri talked more about the Mount Everest trek they decided there should be be a fundraising opportunity connected with the event — Education Elevated was born. The concept behind the name, Education Elevated, is for every vertical foot of elevation gain that trekkers and climbers ascend, their supporters will contribute an agreed upon amount of money for education in the country where the mountains they climb are located.


Administration building of Chyangba school.

Education Elevated's Trek to Mount Everest

Chyangba Village which is in the Everest Region, Solukhumbu District. The month long trek will begin at Lukla Airport and end in the Chyangba Village where the team will meet the children, their parents and teachers and experience the exhilarating joy of meeting those whose lives will be changed through the efforts of their climb.

The possibilities of what can be accomplished through Education Elevated will not stop with the Chyangba Village in Nepal. Any country where there are mountains to ascend, trekking and climbing teams can raise money for schools in that country. The number of lives that can be touched and changed with Education Elevated is just mind staggering!

Students in school.

One day at a time we can help change the lives in Nepal, the surrounding countries, and our very own. By supporting Education Elevated, know that the repairs to schools, added teachers and books, along with possibly building new schools, will make our world a much safer, peaceful place to grow. 

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You can see our current climbing team and join a team for future climbs by contacting us directly.
Thanks for your time, support and prayers.  Remember to love too much, and never stop dreaming.


Thyangboche Monastery on the way to Mt. Everest.

Education Elevated Expedition Itinerary

Trek start Date: May 14th 2008

May 11 Day 1. Meet at Tribuan Airport in Kathmandu. Get situated at hotel.
May 12 Day 2. Tour and shopping in Kathmandu.
May 13 Day 3. Packing and orientation for trekking.
May 14 Day 4. Fly to Lukla trek to phakding
May 15 Day 5. Trek to Namche
May 16 Day 6. Rest day at Namche
May 17 Day 7. Trek to Thyangbuche
May 18 Day 8. Trek to Dingbuche
May 19 Day 9. Rest day in Dingbuche
May 20 Day 10. Trek to Lobuche

Pumori (7161 meters).

May 21 Day 11. Trek to kalaphter back to Gorkeship
May 22 Day 12. Hike to Base camp back to lobuche
May 23 Day 13. Trek to chhuking
May 24 Day 14. Trek to Thyangbuche (Iceland peak climbers trek to B.C.)
May 25 Day 15. Trek to Khumjung (Climber summit Iceland peak back to B. C.)
May 26 Day 16. Trek to Thame (Climbers trek to Pongbuche)
May 27 Day 17. Trek to Namche (Climber trek to Namche)
May 28 Day 18. Trek to Lukla (Marius & Lee fly Kathmandu)
May 29 Day 19. Trek to Bupsa.
May 30 Day 20. Trek to Nunthala
May 31 Day 21. Trek to Phaplu (Marius fly home)
June 1 Day 22. Trek to Chyangba

June 2-3 Day 23-24. Visit school at Chyangba
June 4 Day 25. Trek back to Phaplu.
June 5 Day 26. Fly back to Kathmandu.
June 6 Day 27. Shopping and packing.
June 7 Day 28. Fly for home.

About the author:
Julie Lilienkamp – Interned at Climbing Magazine in 2006-2007 and is currently employed with Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Sandpoint Idaho. She also works with teens through Ascent Wilderness Camp in Naples, Idaho.  For more about Julie Lilienkamp vist here website —


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