8 – 18 November 2022

The Big Climb Nepal 2022: International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development

The Big Climb is about hope and collective action. This year, to celebrate the United Nations’ International Year of Sustainable Development, The Big Climb is organizing its inaugural trek to Mount Everest Basecamp (5300M, 17,388ft).

The Big Climb aims to raise awareness about the challenges faced by indigenous mountain communities with climate change requiring swift adaptation strategies to ensure sustainable tourism.

The Big Climb will bring together youth and multiple partners in support of communities living within the mountainous regions of Nepal.

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Mira Rai © R. Bull


Who will do the climb?

The Big Climb will bring together multiple United Nations and civil society partners in support of communities living within the mountainous regions of Nepal.

The group will include 15 climbers and support crew, including:

  • Representatives from the private and public sectors including Michael Croft, Head of Office and Representative to Nepal, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • Nepalese Professional Trail Runner Mira Rai and founder of the Mira Rai Foundation
  • Guides and porters from the local community with 1 porter per climber to support the local community
More about climbers, partners and supporters

Who will Guide?

Wild Yak Expeditions will guide The Big Climb Nepal 2022

Born at the foot of the world’s 3rd highest peak, my fascination and respect for these giants of the Himalaya are deeply anchored in my soul. From kitchen boy to climbing Sherpa, I soon became Sirdar – the leader of the climbing Sherpa teams on 8000-meter peaks. I got the privilege to climb 9 times Mount Everest and more than 14 times other 8000 meter summits during my career. But, one of the greatest highlights was to stand together with my wife Andrea Sherpa-Zimmermann on the top of Mount Everest. A precious moment in time. A remembrance forever.”

Norbu Sherpa, Chief Guide


What route will be taken?

The Big Climb Nepal will take a 11-day trek from Lukla, Nepal to the Everest Base Camp and return including: Lukla – Monjo – Namche – Khumjung, back to Namche – Tengboche – Dingboche – Lobuche – Everest Base Camp back to – Lobuche – Pangboche – Namche – Lukla

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The Big Climbs encompass the following SDGs

SDGs in everything we do

The Big Climb encompasses the following SDGs

  • No Poverty
  • Good Health and well being
  • Gender equality
  • Quality Education
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Reduced inequalities
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Climate actions
  • Life on Land
  • Partnerships for the goals
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Contribute to raising awareness and funds for sustainable mountain development projects. Post your achievement on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #SupportTheBigClimb

On 19 October, 34 climbers including Tanzanian and Kenyan youth, elite mountain runners, arctic explorers, politicians, industry leaders, and COVID-19 experts will climb to the summit of Africa to highlight the need for equitable access to vaccines. Climbers will reach Uhuru Peak on United Nations Day, 24 October. Funds raised through the.big.climb will go towards the Go Give One campaign, managed by the WHO Foundation, and the African Union COVID-19 Response Fund.
sustainablemountainalliance has focused on ensuring the.big.climb is conducted sustainably, offsetting our GHG emissions through solar investments for the local Marangu Hospital and supporting achievement of the UN #SDGs #sdgaction #supportthebigclimb #sustainablesport #sustainabletourism #mountainsmatter #kilimanjaro #vaccinejustice #trailrunning
Thanks to the commitment of the.big.climb partners and supporters phoenixdesignaid SalomonRunning UNmountains #kilimanjaroinitiative SandSI UNFCU UNFCUFoundation Gavi AfricanUnion AfricanCDC DNPDA sautikuufoundation ethiopian_airline

The Big Climb, from 19 to 25 October, will assist 180 guides, porters, hotel staff and their families in the #Kilimanjaro region. That’s at least 800 people who have not been forgotten because of #COVID_19 #supportthebigclimb ...

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World record holder for fastest unassisted ascent / descent of Mt Kilimanjaro Simont Mtuy will lead the ascent to the summit of Africa.

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KI are proud to announce the participation of Mira Rai of #Nepal on The Big Climb. Former child soldier and now champion trail runner. Follow her at miraraiofficial

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We are so proud of Fred and how he represented Sauti Kuu on The Big Climb!


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Covered the bike in #NewHaven, #Connecticut and heading to #Tanzania to join and #SupportTheBigClimb of #Kilimanjaro for #VaccinEquity, and #justice.

Why? Because all people and all #MountainsMatter!

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“Mountains are the water towers of our civilizations. We must treat their environments with great respect, and support their fragile ways of life in the face of rapidly growing urbanization, tourism and consumerism”.

Tim Challen, Founder of The Big Climb

Want to support this mission?

Be a part of The Big Climbs. In parallel with the Mount Kilimanjaro climb and Mount Everest Basecamp trek, organize your own activity. Raise awareness on the need to support sustainable mountain development. Raise funds for projects that will make a difference in communities, using mountains as vehicle for creating better and more sustainable lively hoods.

Funds will go to recognized community-based projects.