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Our Philanthropic Projects

We at Himalayan Tahr Treks put 20% of all profits towards the Serang Monastery & School. In addition to this, all treks offer optional volunteer opportunities.

Here, we share Himalayan Tahr’s involvement in fundraising efforts and relief projects for the Serang Monastery & School and for the greater Tsum-Nubri Valley. We also share below, with a special thanks to the contributions of our previous trekkers, where our 20% of profits go towards. 

The Serang School

Dawa, the founder of Himalayan Thar, is also the head chairperson of the Serang School. Along with raising funds for Serang, we also are raising money to build a new school


This past year, Founders Dawa and Tenzing were lucky enough to design, direct, and build the Serang Monastery's new partially sunken greenhouse. We are planning to build more in the future.


Serang School

Dawa, Himalayan Tahr’s owner and founder, is also the head-chairperson of the Serang School. The Serang Primary School is one of the few schools in the Manaslu Conservation Area of Nepal that serves the Himalayan families located in the remote Nubri valley. The Serang school, with the support of the Serang Monastery, has been able to provide free, quality education to the low income families of the many nearby villages. 

Today, the school is at maximum capacity, with 80 students, kindergarten through fifth grade. Currently, 20 students share a very small room, with 5 bunk beds, which means there are two children per bed. This year, the school was unable to accept 25 incoming kindergartners because of limited space. Also, the Serang School is remote, with the closest village, Bhi, being a 4 hours walk away. The winters are harsh, and with no nearby healthpost, it is difficult for many of the younger children to be up there. 

The Serang Monastery is raising funds for another school in the Village of Bhi. Bhi Village is located in a warmer climate and along the main trail, meaning better  access to learning and educational resources, and easier access to a  health post. This new school will serve as the elementary school, while the Serang School will become the secondary school. Together they will be able to educate and board 150 students, kindergarten through twelfth grade, while providing a free, quality education and preserving the himalayan culture, native language, and ways of life. 

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This past year, with many helping hands, Founders Dawa and Tenzing were lucky enough to design, direct, and build the Serang Monastery’s new partially sunken greenhouse. Because Serang is situated at nearly 11,000 feet, tucked in the remote Tsum-Nubri Valley of the Himalaya, it consistently faces snow accumulation, strong winds, and cold temperatures. It is for these reasons a new, large greenhouse was needed, designed specifically to work efficiently in the cold climate.

After extensive research, we settled on a greenhouse design that is passive solar and partially sunken, with basic but durable and modern features that will ensure an ideal growing environment. The partially sunken model is used in extremely cold climates but with sufficient sunlight. By doing so, the greenhouse can maximize sunlight during the day, and the ground can serve as extra insulation to maximize heat retention. 

After working alongside experts in greenhouse construction in Nepal, architects from the US, and (most importantly) with local builders and materials, our greenhouse was designed to maximize efficiency and produce healthy food options for the Serang residents — the monks, nuns, laymen, and the children of the recently opened school.

Presently, after the fall harvests healthy food options greatly diminish. This results in an increase in demand for imported provisions — often unhealthy packaged foods from China. Providing a healthy, consistent food supply to Serang has become an urgent priority.

In the Trans Himalaya, the sunken greenhouse design has become an increasingly popular option for harsh climate areas like Serang. Given its efficacy, this greenhouse design will provide a template for others throughout the Nubri valley to emulate and help develop a tradition of consistently producing healthy, locally-grown food in the winter seasons.

A special thanks to the donors for making this possible: The Cambium Initiative, Brot Coburn and Didi Thunder, The Chandra Gurung Conservation Trust, and Joellen and Scott Raderstorf.

And thanks to the helping hands and contributions from:

The Sangchen Rabten Norbuling Monastery and Community

The Maha Sukha Foundation

Dawa Lama

Sangay Phuntsok

Lhakpa Dhondrup

Addy Hart

Zeke Nelson and James Ablondi