Trekking in the Kumbu, Nepal October 2017

Welcome to our new page and the Nepal project. A year ago I was invited by James Lamb who runs a charity in Nepal to go trekking with him and his partner Tashi with a view to creating some paintings to raise money for their charity, the little Sherpa foundation. Initially the charity was to help the widows of those Sherpa guides killed on Everest in 2014 and after the earthquake in 2015. However during the intervening years it has expanded to help rebuild the school in Phortse and now has plans to build a hospital there. Tashi and James also run Tengboche trekking, a company that creates employment for local guides and gives the profits from the treks to the little Sherpa foundation.

Flick and I were most fortunate to have Tashi and James as our guides, James has huge knowledge of the region and Tashi a Buddhist Lama from the Tengboche monastery has lived in the Kumbu all his life. With an infectious laugh and often a mobile phone held to each ear Tashi was a long way from my expectations, he knew everyone it seemed and frequently organised accommodation at short notice. Our conversations ranged from the spiritual to the everyday, and back to memories of his childhood growing up with his grandparents on a mountain farm. When I sat down to sketch Tashi would sit beside me to meditate, it felt like a radiator of good vibes empowering my drawing.

Our four week trek began with us flying in to Luckla, we walked to Namche Bazaar then on to Phortse for a few days and up to Gokyo. We took it slowly, careful to acclimatise to the altitude which happily caused us no problems. Spent some time at Gokyo and walked up the Renjo la pass one day and up to Scoundrels peak below Cho Oyu the next. We crossed the glacier to Thagnak and then back down to Phortse for a few more days before heading up to Pangboche one day then over to Tengboche the next before climbing up the hill above the monastery for great views of Everest. I was able to draw most days and Flick took many photos and video.

Over the next few months I plan to update this page with drawings form the trip. Excerpts from our journals may well appear and paintings too as they are completed. The exhibition will be at La Galleria in Pall Mall at the end of October 2018, exact dates soon. If you’d like to be added to our e mail contacts please send your details to (or indeed to make double certain that you’re on there already). The plan is to give 50% of the profits from the exhibition to the charity, obviously we have some costs for the gallery hire and the catalogue, if you feel that you can sponsor us at all or contribute in any way it will mean more for Nepal. Thanks.

James and Flick, November 2017

James Lamb, Flick and myself on Nepali TV