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MEF Partners with Himalayan Trust UK to Celebrate 70 Years Since First Ascent of Everest

The two charitable organisations fomed as a direct result of the 1953 Everest Expedition, ourselves and the Himalayan Trust (UK), are coming together for a day of events in London celebrating 70 years since the first ascent of the world's highest mountain.


On the 13th June 2023, the Royal Geographical Society will play host to two sessions examining the lasting legacy of Everest '53.

In the afternoon, in an event targetted at younger people, Peter Hillary and Jamling Tenzing (the sons of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay), along with Ray Mears, Leo Houlding, Adriana Brownlee and Melanie Windridge will discuss the inspiration they have taken from the first ascent of Everest and how they have applied it to their own lives.

The event is ideally suited to school and youth groups who are very welcome to make large bookings. Further details are available via Eventbrite.


The evening session, which will again feature Peter Hillary and Jamling Tenzing alongside Stephen Venables, Kenton Cool and Hari Budha Magar, will be along the theme of 'Collaboration in Exploration. As well as discussing their own personal relationships with the '53 Expedition, the speakers will also consider the partnerships and teams who have been part of their own remarkable achievements. Tickets can be purchased via Eventrbrite.

All of the proceeds from the day's events will be split equally between the Himalayan Trust (UK) and the Mount Everest Foundation to fund our ongoing work.

The day is part of a worldwide programme of celebrations highlighting the continuing legacy of the 1953 expedition. You can find out more at