American Himalayan Foundation

Our mission is bringing shelter, safety, education, health, and opportunity to the most vulnerable people in the Himalaya.





The American Himalayan Foundation was founded in 1981 by a small group of climbers who were drawn to Nepal for the mountains, but returned again and again for the people. They wanted to respond to the pressing problems of this magnificent but very poor part of the world, where many still struggle without healthcare or education, thousands of young girls live in danger of being trafficked, and traditional ways of life are fast disappearing. AHF exists to bring positive, tangible change to people’s lives.

I don’t believe any nongovernmental organization could possibly do as much, with as little contribution as the American Himalayan Foundation. They are extremely efficient. There is no bureaucracy. There is no waste. And the most important thing is they know the people there and have known them for decades, so there is an absolute perfect efficiency in making the most out of every dollar contributed.”
– President Jimmy Carter