Passang Geljen Sherpa, 30, is running The Everest Marathon on May 29th 2017. It is the highest Marathon on the Planet starting at Everest Base Camp, 5,545m and finishing in the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar at 3,446m over rough mountain trails. It is one of the most gruelling races in the world.
Passang knows from first hand what it means to fight for an education after his father died when he was 9 years old. Nephew of the Founder of Classrooms in the Clouds, Dawa Geljen Sherpa, Passang says "I am extremely proud to be brought up in my Everest region. I want to be part of this 42km marathon race to raise funds for the kids through Classrooms In The Clouds..."
When Passang's father died the family had no income and they could no longer go to school as mum could not afford to send all the children to school on her meagre earnings. After hearing the tragic story of Passang's father's passing, trekking clients' of Passang's father agreed to sponsor the education of one of the children. Passang was sent to boarding school in Kathmandu to continue his education. During his school holidays he worked as an assistant guide to help the family out.
Dedication and hard work meant that Passang graduated from University with a degree in 2008. He now runs his own travel company, Sherpa Holidays and in May 2013, at 26 years old, he fulfilled a lifetime ambition and climbed Everest.
As part of the CITCTeam Challenge Passang's friend Tenjing Sherpa, 3 times Everest Summitter and world reknowned Sherpa Guide, husband of CITCNepal inspirational Mingma Chhamji Sherpa is mountaineering with the Swiss Climber Ueli Steck and taking the CITC Banner in their rucksacks to the top of the world.
It is 10 years since CITCNepal was founded by the charismatic Dawa Geljen Sherpa and our celebrations are focusing on the heart of the communities that are the spirit of CITCNepal. In that time we have built over 40 classrooms and sponsored and trained more than 10 Nepalese teachers. Please consider sponsoring Passang and Tenjing who know only too well the real life-changing impact of having an education. Classrooms In The Clouds builds classrooms and sponsors and trains teachers in some of the most remote regions of the Everest region. Over 95% of all donations are spent in the villages and reaches those children that need it the most. Thank you very much.