Nepal // Himalaya Alpine Guides

Project Overview

Luke Smithwick and Jon Rose are teaming up to remember the forgotten ones, to reach the unreached, to bring safe drinking water to rural mountain communities and their schools during the 2014 Himalayan expedition season.

“Do what you love to do . . . and help along the way”

Building on the collaboration with Waves For Water in Autumn 2013, Luke and his guide teams will continue in 2014 with his expeditions distributing and educating clean-water systems (filter & bucket) in remote villages along their trekking and approach routes, along with discussing with locals about their water needs and helping to create solutions.

2014 Himalaya Alpine Guides | Waves For Water Distribution Plans

1 - April/ May – Trekking into remote Makalu-Barun national park for an attempted first ascent of Saldim Ri (20,830ft). Distributing filters to schools and rural hamlets of the region, including the district headquarters of Num, with a school of 600 students.

2 - June – Travelling to rural Spiti, a Tibetan stronghold in north central India, for a traverse of the Kashmir/Himachal borderlands. Aiming to educate and distribute filters to the community of Kaza, along with Changpa nomads in the Indo-Tibetan border region while on a 3 week horse-supported trek to climb near Lake Tsomoriri, a brackish lake at 14,000 feet surrounded by 20,000ft glaciated peaks.

3 - July – Moving deeper into the field, we’ll move across the Changtang plateau to the Rupshu region of far eastern Ladakh and engage with more nomad groups, educating and providing them with the tools to keep clean drinking water.

4 - August – We’ll trek into the eastern Karakoram of India, en route to an attempt at an unclimbed peak (20,187ft), we’ll visit with Ladakhis in the villages of the Nubra valley, and focus on schools as the clean water source.

5 - September – We move into the Lahaul Himalaya, a region between the Dhaula Dhar and Great Himalaya ranges. Stopping in the remote hamlets surrounding Keylong, distributing filters to schools and monasteries that house up to 200 novice monks, enroute to alpine style ascents of 20,000ft Gangsthang and Ramjak peaks.

6 - October – Back in the central Himalaya, we’ll trek into the kingdom of Mustang, bringing the filters to villages along the way, moving over into the Lost Valleys of Nar and Phu, we’ll continue bringing clean water before making an ascent of 23,379ft Mt. Himlung.

Statistics & Progress

Destination Nepal

Funds Raised
$4,366 of $12,000

Impact 12,000+