First in the Himalaya – Special Event 20th November 2013

Wednesday 20th November 2013 at the Royal Geographical Society, London

 with supporting events  

Tuesday 19th November in Oxford  and Thursday 21st November in Derby

First in the Himalaya  –  Click through the image gallery

London is the venue for a rare international gathering of elite climbers who have starred in landmark ascents in the Himalaya over the last 60 years, including legendary Austrians Kurt Diemberger – the only living  person to make two first ascents of 8000 m peaks and Robert Schauer who first climbed the awesome West Face of Gasherbrum IV.  Joined by cultural and Himalaya travel experts,  this event will be a unique insight into the Himalaya.

Each guest climber will be speaking twice during the day. During the afternoon they will give an intimate overview of their ‘Life and Times’ in the high mountains and during the evening an account of their major ‘First in the Himalaya’.

Special Guest Speakers include:

Kurt Diemberger – the Austrian climber who is one of only three climbers ever to have made two first ascents of 8000 metre summits on Broad Peak with Herman Buhl in 1957 and of  Dhaulagiri in 1960.

Robert Schauer – the Austrian climber who has summited five 8000 metre peaks and made the ground breaking first ascent of the West Face of Gasherbrum IV with Woijcech Kurtyka, lightweight alpine style,  in 1985.

Sandy Allan who, in 2012,  made the first ascent of Nanga Parbat along the unclimbed 13 km Mazeno Ridge with Rick Allen. This marathon climb took 18 days and fullfilled a dream started in 1992 on an expedition with Doug Scott.

Rick Allen (to be confirmed) – the Australian mountaineer who partnered Sandy Allan on the first traverse of the Mazeno Ridge – often known as “last great ridge to be climbed in the Himalaya”.

Mick Fowler – the English climber  won a Piolet d,Or with Paul Ramsden for his ascent of the Prow of Shiva (India) in 2013. Mick made the first ascent of the north face of Changabang in the Indian Himalaya in 1997 and delights in new, elegant climbing lines in the Himalya.

Doug Scott CBE – the English climber has many ‘firsts’ to his name in the Himalaya. Most famously he made the South West Face of Everest, but also the first ascent of the Ogre, Pakistan in 1977 and the South West Face of Shishapangma, Tibet in 1984

Hildegard Diemberger from Cambridge University – an authority on the cultural and spiritual importance of the Himalaya. Hildegard is a respected author and also works on projects with her father Kurt.

Gerda Maria Pauler –  the German travel writer made one of the early traverses of the The Great Himalaya Trail  stretching between Kanchenjunga Base Camp in Eastern Nepal and  Hilsa at Nepal’s Tibetan border in the Western district of Humla, a distance of 1,700 km.

(Please note: we reserve the right to amend the programme and speakers)

EVENT PROGRAMME AND TIMETABLE click here for a PDF of the programme

Other attractions on the day:

Sale and auction of Nepalese goods, fine art prints, books and maps


The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR

This is a particularly appropriate venue as it was in these rooms that many of the greatest Himalayan climbs were planned.

TICKET PRICES and BOOKING   Tickets now on sale (as of 22 July)

All day ticket (10.30am – 9.30pm) – £30.00  click here to go to on line ticket sales

Evening only (6.30pm – 9.30pm) – £20.00    click here to go to on line ticket sales

Credit Card Online sales  Our ticket agents for the RGS London event are World Expeditions and tickets can be purchased on line with a credit card by clicking the links above which will take you directly  to the World Expeditions website. Alternatively visit the  homepage of and click the ‘Info nights and events’  and  ‘Forthcoming shows and events’ links.

Postal cheque sales  If you prefer to buy tickets by cheque, please send: a cheque payable to ‘Community Action Nepal’ for the correct amount, a stamped addressed envelope (for return of your tickets) and a note stating your ticket requirements and your contact details. Post this to ‘First in the Himalaya’, Community Action Nepal, Stewart Hill Cottage, Hesket Newmarket, WIGTON, Cumbria CA7 8HX

On the door: tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the lecture. CASH and CHEQUE only on the door. Cards not accepted


For general information about First in the Himalaya please contact the Community Action Nepal office on 01768 484842 or email

First in the Himalaya Special Events –  Oxford and Derby

Doug Scott and a selection of the speakers will be taking part in ‘First in the Himalaya’ celebrations on tour. If you can’t attend the event in London they will be appearing in the evening at :

OXFORD –  Tuesday 19th November (evening) click here for DETAILS  and TICKETS

DERBY – Thursday 21st November (evening) click here for DETAILS and TICKETS

These events are being held to raise money for the work of Community Action Nepal. If you share our passion and concern for the Himalaya we hope you will be able to join us.

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