Help us build this dream!

Help Summits of My Life and SOS Himalaya to collect funds in order to rebuild 116 houses in Langtang Valley. We want to provide homes for the families left homeless by the earthquake of Nepal!

Donations can be made through the project website: www.summitsofmylife.com/nepal

Barcelona buzzing with the screening of ‘Langtang’

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On Saturday, the largest cinema in Barcelona was somewhat small for the screening of ‘Langtang’ – the third film from Kilian Jornet’s ‘Summits of My Life’ project. A number of spectators had turned up in the hope of getting tickets at the last minute, but the event had already been sold out for several hours. About 1200 spectators were in attendance for the premier of the film, which is a complete departure from the previous two films, showing the fragile and human side of Kilian Jornet.

Jornet explained: “It’s fantastic to be back in Barcelona to present the film. It’s a great opportunity to get the reaction of the public – the whole experience has been quite intense. I think it was well received and we hope to be able to continue helping the people of Nepal – who the film is dedicated to.”

The event was compered by the Rac1 journalist José María Pou, who began by introducing Kilian Jornet and the alpinist Jordi Tosas – a frequent visitor to Nepal and especially to Langtang where a large part of the film takes place. The film’s director, Sébastien Montaz-Rosset was unable to attend the premier, but was also part of the expedition.

After a brief introduction, the lights dimmed for the screening of the 52 minute film, following the team’s experience in Nepal. After a highly emotional finish, Jornet and Tosas returned to the stage to share some stories with the public. They also announced the launch of a humanitarian initiative by Summits of My Life together with the NGO SOS Himalaya; to build 116 houses in the Langtang valley, so that locals can return to their valley.

Spectators shared their impressions of the film as they left the cinema:

“We saw a lot of things that people should know. The information has been reported, but not in this way. You really get to see what happened.” Another commented: “You see first hand how things are in Nepal, and what happened with the earthquake. Everyone, mountaineers or not, has a part to play in helping these people who have such big hearts. They have nothing and give everything.”

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We want to rebuild 116 houses in the Langtang Valley

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Summits of My Life will contribute to the reconstruction of 116 homes in Langtang

Summits of My Life assotiates with SOS Himalaya, in order to contribute to the reconstruction of the Langtang Valley.

‘After the experience in Nepal we realized that we wanted to continue helping the people of Langtang, who have lost everything. After our return from Nepal we went into action and, along with SOS Himalaya, we devised a project that fits very well in the Langtang Valley. SOS Himalaya is a charity with whom we share many values and we are very pleased to start this collaboration,’ explained Kilian Jornet.

The earthquake of last April brought serious consequences to the Langtang Valley. The Langtang village was completely buried after the quake triggered a landslide of snow, ice and stones, due to the large amount of snow accumulated during the really tough winter. In addition, the shock wave from the landslide caused serious damage to nearby villages. The few survivors of the disaster were evacuated to a refugee camp in Kathmandu, and although some of them have returned to the valley, the earthquake left them homeless.

Therefore, Summits of My Life and SOS Himalaya are promoting a campaign to raise funds to rebuild 116 homes: the number of families which have been left homeless and want to return to live in the Langtang valley. The reconstruction of these houses will be following the typical Nepalese architecture, known as ” ‘Jasta Pata’: zinc plates placed on a wooden structure.

Besides the materials to build the ‘Jasta Pata’, the main cost of reconstruction will be transportation. Access to the Langtang valley, which was already complicated, was damaged after the earthquake. That is why materials will have to be transported by air. Houses will be rebuilt in different parts of the valley, as no building can be done in the area where the original village of Langtang was located.

Summits of My Life will collaborate in several ways to collect the necessary funds. Among them, all profits raised during the film premiere in Barcelona will be donated to this project. In addition, the project opens a fundraising campaign to raise the goal amount: $ 58,080.

Head of SOS Himalaya Maria Clement declared: ‘A lovely collaboration is starting today, because we share the way Kilian perceives the mountain. SOS Himalaya has undertaken many projects since the earthquake and this new one will help to continue developing our activities in the Himalayas. Also, having an initiative backed up by Summits and with the support of Kilian himself will definitely be very beneficial.‘

Donations can be made through the project website: www.summitsofmylife.com/nepal.

Langtang: Summits of My Life 3

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Kilian Jornet presents ‘Langtang‘, the third film in the Summits of My Life project. Directed by Sébastien Montaz-Rosset, the film is the story of a journey to the heart of Nepal.
In April 2015, ultra runner Kilian Jornet is preparing for an expedition to Everest as part of his project, `Summits of My Life’, together with alpinist Jordi Tosas and filmmaker Sébastien Montaz-Rosset.

Two days before departure, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hits Nepal with devastating effect and Jordi’s beloved Langtang Valley is all but eradicated. Putting their original objective to one side, the team travel to Nepal with the hope of offering help in the place that they hold in their hearts.

As the rhododendron flowers of Langtang herald the arrival of spring, nothing can prepare them for the level of destruction they find as they make their precarious way up a valley ripped apart by the force of nature. Langtang is an ode to life, a tribute to hope and a search for new horizons.
It was a difficult experience for all of us. Jordi Tosas has been to Nepal 27 times and it’s a very important place for him. Langtang was where I had my first himalayan experience and it’s a special place for me also. The village of Langtang disappeared completely and to see everything we knew completely devastated was very sobering, and I think it comes across in the film” Kilian said.

A different film: Kilian Jornet doesn’t run

Langtang‘ is very different from the previous films in the Summits of My Life project.
Athletic objectives are put to one side as the film documents the days following the earthquake with the team being some of the first to enter the Langtang Valley. Their emotions are reflected in the film, as initial confusion gives way to optimism.  The Nepali people remain positive and optimistic as they gather their strength to rebuild their lives.
Langtang was a very particular experience for me, I have never filmed anything so emotional. It may seem like a tough story but it’s also very optimistic. Only the nepalese people can win this fight”, Sébastien Montaz-Rosset explained.

Langtang pre orders and premier in Barcelona.
The film is available now for pre order via the website Summits of My Life, with the film premier on 12th December. This year’s event will be on Saturday 12th December in the Aribau multiscreen cinema. Audiences will see the film together with the team, in the largest cinema in Barcelona seating 1174.

This year the project is taking part in a humanitarian initiative. Kilian Jornet and the Summits team will raise funds to help with the rebuilding of 116 houses in the Langtang Valley.

Details of the initiative will be announced at a press conference on 11th December.

Kilian Jornet: “I think it’s vital to do what we can to help Nepal at this time. We have always been shown amazing hospitality and friendship and now they are in huge difficulties. We have to do what we can to help

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Nepal will climb now one of the most difficult mountains, and we, this time, must be their porters” Jordi Tosas.

We are back home, Jordi Tosas, Seb Montaz and me have been almost 20 days in Nepal, changing the plans from climbing to helping the people who has been giving so much to all alpinists. We arrived at Kathmandu 2 days after the earthquake, expecting a big destruction on the city as we saw on the medias. Kathmandu was (is) not collapsed, just a few located buildings. After a week the life on streets was “normal”.
Jordi has been many (28) times on Nepal and has many friends on Langtang area, so we where going straight there. The destruction there is huge, the valley did not exist as it was anymore. Big landslides and avalanches collapsed the valley and all the people there. The dimensions of the avalanche on the upper valley are not human, not even on a science fiction film. We was reporting identities and finding persons. After that we meet people from ACTED association and we join them to run on remote villages in Ganesh and Tamang areas asking their needs and making the trails destroyed, and giving after food and shelters. Last days we saw the help has been well expanded, many associations are working really hardly to give food and shelters to all the country, after a few weeks where the corruption and slow decisions of Nepali gouvernement was slowing down the help. In Kathmandu we had a last earthquake that make more fear to the population.

Now Nepal need help, mostly on remote areas to get shelter before the monsoon that is coming soon. Many ONG are on place giving the help on the moment, and it is important to help them, they are many good options. But it will be really important to continue traveling there, to impulse the local economy and reconstruct the trails and villages and give the continuity and money they will need to survive from tourism.

One of the most affected areas as we saw it was Langtang Valley, ( here you can see a picture of the destruction here) and here is a good initiative of Aymeric Clouet, Alpiniste who was on the area when the earth quake to reconstruct directly the valley.

Nepal is a poor country, many people is living with nothing and after the earthquake on many mountain areas they lose everything. But the smile was always on the their faces, Nepali people have a incredible capacity to fight problems, to be positive and strong on the pain, to find the happiness on the small cracks. We was going there to help them and they help us with their friendly reception, with their smile and shearing all they have.

Namasté

Kilian Jornet

Kilian Jornet’s statement on Himalayas expedition

After the weekend’s devastating earthquake in Nepal, we have decided to modify our plans regarding the expedition that we had planned to Everest.

Today, we will travel to Kathmandu, and we expect to be there tomorrow.

However, we will not follow the scheduled planning. We wish to cooperate, as far as possible, in providing our help to those in need in the mountains and in remote areas.

Nepal is a country that we carry in our hearts and this is why we have decided to carry on with the trip.

We give condolences to all the people affected by the earthquake and send support to those in the mountains faced with enormous adversity at this time.

Kilian Jornet and the Summits of My Life team.

Happy new year!

We are wishing you all to reach new heights in 2015!
Thanks for your support!!

The Summits of my life team.

ACONCAGUA, KILIAN JORNET’S NEW RECORD IN SUMMITS OF MY LIFE PROJECT

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Kilian Jornet sets a new ascent-descent record on Aconcagua (6.962m) as part of his project Summits of My Life.

Jornet set a time of 12h49′ following the usual route, with start and finish in Horcones.

“I’m really happy to have completed this new challenge. It has been tough, especially at 6,500m altitude when I suffered altitude sickness. Anyway, these moments of suffering will always be remembered” said Kilian

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Aconcagua record!!

Kilian made it!!!!

After 12h:49 min of effort Kilian achieved in his second attempt the fastest time running up and down Aconcagua (6.962). Congrats Kilian!!#SoMLAconcagua

Aconcagua preparation

Check out how did Kilian and the rest of the team get ready for the challenge in Aconcagua!

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