Cloud Schoolhouse

The entrance to Khumjung school, in Khumjung, Nepal

In 1960, Sherpa leaders asked Sir Edmund Hillary if he would build them a school. “Our children have eyes, but are blind and cannot see.”

He agreed, and in 1961 the Khumbu region got its first school, in the gorgeous village of Khumjung. The school still thrives, having transformed the lives of hundreds of children. The original classroom is now an intimate (and free) museum. As you step through its modest doorway, constructed by Sir Ed with his own hands, historical artifacts, photos and film transport you back to the days before this simple building sparked a wave of change in the Solukhumbu. Do take a selfie with the statue of Sir Ed in the playground, and don’t miss the ceiling mural painted by Serki Sherpa, alive with gods, yetis, and snow leopards.

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