High in the Khumbu near Mount Everest the Machhermo Porter Shelter and Rescue Post opened in October 2006 and was the IPPG (International Porter Protection Group) and CAN’s first such shelter.
These buildings provide a vital, lifesaving function in the harsh landscape and extreme climate at high altitude. Altitude sickness and hypothermia can affect anyone and mountain porters are particularly vulnerable if they have only a boulder to shelter under overnight.
The shelter provides affordable food, drink and accommodation for less than £1 per person/night. The money raised helps maintain the shelter. Volunteer western doctors give free medical support to porters and help raise funds by treating trekkers for a small fee. This helps make the shelters sustainable.
IPPG and CAN are very grateful to all donors including the wonderful donation of £11,000 from the Himalayan Trust UK. The Trust explains its aims as follows ” We would all like a world where everybody’s basic needs are met and every child has access to an education. The Himalayan Trust UK aims to ensure this happens in the remote mountainous districts of Nepal – in particular the regions surrounding Everest and Kanchenjunga.” Click here to find out more about the Himalyan Trust UK.
The Gorak Shep and Machhermo shelters provide approximately 13,500 bed nights during the spring and autumn trekking seasons, saving lives and creating better conditions for porters in the Khumbu. If you’re trekking in the area please do call in and say hello!
MACHHERMO ‘SINGING DOCTORS’ on YOU TUBE – Check it out!
Doctors working with the International Porters Protection Group at Machhermo save lives by educating and helping trekkers understand and prevent the life threatening effects of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
They have recorded and filmed an amusing but informative short film and song (on their mobile phones). Check it out by clicking below. Our apologies to The Edge and Bono from the band U2 – we hope they’ll understand!
Click through the gallery below to see more photos of Machhermo Porter Shelter