Summits of My Life achieves the peak of solidarity to help Nepal

Summits of My Life has achieved the fundraising challenge it set out last December when, to coincide with the premiere of the film Langtang, Kilian Jornet and the NGO SOS Himalaya-Fundación Iñaki Ochoa de Olza, launched the project to raise €58,080 towards rebuilding 116 houses in Langtang, one of the areas worst hit by the earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015.

Seven months later, Summits of My Life has not only reached its target but exceeded it. In total, thanks to the donations made via the platform Mi Grano de Arena (Doing My Bit), in addition to other fundraising activities, €58,958,03 has been raised. These funds have been managed by SOS Himalaya-Fundación Iñaki Ochoa de Olza, which has gone to the area to coordinate the rebuilding work.

This has served as a contribution to help Nepal after the earthquake that struck on April 25, 2015, which had terrible consequences. According to official figures, the natural disaster left 9,000 dead and a very large number of people homeless. One of the worst affected areas was the Langtang valley where the Summits of My Life team witnessed the effects of the earthquake at first hand.

The village of Langtang was completely buried under an avalanche of snow, ice and rock as a result of the large amount of snow that had accumulated over an especially hard winter. Furthermore, the aftershocks seriously damaged nearby villages. The few survivors were evacuated to refugee camps in Kathmandu. The earthquake left most of them homeless and they are now living in temporary shelters.

To help them, Summits of My Life and the NGO SOS Himalaya-Fundación Iñaki Ochoa de Olza began a campaign to raise funds to help in the reconstruction of Langtang. This coincided with the premiere of Langtang, the third film in the Summits of My Life project, the story of what Kilian Jornet and his team experienced after the earthquake.

The inhabitants of Langtang set up a committee to coordinate international donations and to invest them in rebuilding the valley.

As part of this project, Summits of My Life organised various activities, as well as seeking donations via the platform Mi Grano de Arena (Doing My Bit). The raffle of Kilian Jornet’s Suunto Ambit 3 Peak watch raised €7,884. A further €11,916 was raised at the screenings of the film in Barcelona and Stuttgart, where last March the Langtang project coincided with the O.U.T. Salomon Festival. Furthermore, on April 25, 38 screenings were held around the world to commemorate the first anniversary of the Nepal earthquake. These raised  €17,082 and €22,076.03 joined the anonymous donations made through Mi Grano de Arena.

SOS Himalaya-Fundación Iñaki Ochoa de Olza has earmarked a total of € 58,958,03 to spend on the following material to rebuild houses in Langtang: sheeting for roofs, plywood for roofs and walls, helicopter transport and labour.

Members of the NGO have gone to the site to coordinate the rebuilding work. The first phase involved the major task of digging out the village buried under the avalanche. With that completed, the process of rebuilding the houses has begun and will be carried out over the next few months.

This is a small contribution and Langtang continues to need help to return to normality. Anyone who wishes to may continue working towards the rebuilding of Langtang by making donations to S0S Himalaya-Fundación Iñaki Ochoa de Olza.

We’re counting on you to help Nepal

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April 25 marks the first anniversary and Summits of My Life has set up a very special activity to pay homage to the people of Nepal on social network. The aim is to remind everyone that Nepal still needs our help to rebuild itself.

We want you to become the voice of our project!

If you don’t have a T-shirt, you can share this image on your social networks!

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Will you help? Share the project on your social networks. If we all take part we can reach many people.  

Summits of My Life Commemorates the first anniversary of the Nepal Earthquake

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Screening list

Åndalsnes (Norway)

Åre (Sweden)

Baguio (Philippines)

  • Where: Canto Restaurant
  • Time: 19:00 h
  • Tickets: At the venue
  • Organizer: The Cordillera Conservation Trust

Bali

Barcelona (Spain)

  • Where: Filmoteca de Catalunya
  • Time: 20:00 h
  • Tickets: At the venue (19.00 h)
  • Organizer: Summits of My Life

Brussels (Belgium)

Calella, Maresme (Spain)

  • Where: Sala Mozart 
  • Time: 21:00 h
  • Tickets: At the venue
  • Organizer: Ajuntament de Calella

Doha (Qatar)

Hong Kong

  • Where: Hebe Haven Yacht Club
  • Time: 18.15 h
  • Tickets: At the venue or via email at steve@racebase.asia
  • Organizer: Race Base Asia

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

  • Where: Taikoo Place
  • Time: 19:30 h
  • Tickets: At the venue or via email at steve@racebase.asia
  • Organizer: Race Base Asia

Jakarta (Indonesia)

  • Where: Pavilum 28
  • Time: 19:00 h
  • Tickets: At venue
  • Organizer: Race Base Asia

Putrajaya (Malasia)

Ordino (Andorra)

  • Where: Auditori Nacional d’Andorra
  • Time: 21:00 h
  • Tickets: At the venue and Oficines de Turisme d’Ordino i Andorra la Vella
  • Organizer: Cims Màgics, Comú d’Ordino, Govern d’Andorra and Radio i Televisió d’Andorra
London (UK)

Manila (Philippines)

  • Where: Conrad’s Cafe
  • Time: 19:00 h
  • Tickets: At the venue
  • Organizer: Race Base Asia

Mallorca (Spain)

  • Where: Evasion Running Mallorca
  • Time: 21:00 h
  • Tickets: At the venue and On-line
  • Organizer: Evasion Running Mallorca

Mojstrana (Slovenia)

Réunion Island (France)

Rotorua (New Zealand)

  • Where: G Block Lecture Theatre
  • Time: 19:00 h
  • Tickets: At the venue
  • Organizer: Rotorua Running Club

Salvan (Switzerland)

  • Where: Salle Polyvalente Salvan
  • Time: 20:00 h
  • Tickets: Maison du Tourisme de Salvan / Les Marécottes and at the venue
  • Organizer: Commune Salvan

San Francisco (USA)

San Sebastián (Spain)

  • Where: Aquarium
  • Time: 19:00 h
  • Tickets: On-line
  • Organizer: El Diario Vasco

Singapore

Sofia (Bulgaria)

  • Where: National Palace of Cultura, Sala Lumiere Cinema
  • Time: 19:00 h
  • Tickets: On-line
  • Organizer: Travellers Club Bulgaria

Tokio (Japan)

Tenerife (Spain)

Zaragoza (Spain)

Kilian Jornet and the Summits of My Life team in Germany

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Stuttgart, in south-west Germany, last night hosted the German premiere of “Langtang”. Kilian Jornet and the Summits of My Life team were present at the screening that was attended by 450 people in the Wagenhallen hall.

Kilian Jornet, accompanied by the film’s director Seb Montaz and the mountaineer Jordi Tosas, gave a talk about Nepal and why they travelled to the Langtang valley almost a year ago.

“We are happy to be here, it’s the first time that we present a Summits of My Life film in Germany. It’s always nice to have a screening to have time to share it with the audience and have their feedback, as well as share backstage moments of the films”, Kilian said.

The event was  part of the Salomon O.U.T. festival which also screened other films of athletes from around the world trail running.

As well as documenting the journey, the film is also a homage to the Nepalese people and their generosity. As with the film’s earlier showing in Barcelona, all of the proceeds from the Stuttgart screening will go towards the charitable project established by Summits of My Life and the NGO SOS Himalaya aimed at rebuilding 116 houses in the Langtang valley in Nepal.

German première of “Langtang”

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Langtang”, the third film in the Kilian Jornet’s Summits of My Life project begins a round of screenings around the world. People in various countries will have the opportunity to enjoy the film and also to contribute to the charitable project in Nepal.

Following the official presentation in Barcelona last December, Stuttgart will be the next stop when “Langtang” will get its German première on March 30. The film’s three main protagonists Kilian Jornet, Seb Montaz and Jordi Tosas will be there to share with the public their experiences in Nepal while making the film. The event will be presented by Olympic Medalist in Cross Country Skiing Peter Schlickenrieder, now a TV commentator.

The screening starts at 20h30 in the Wagenhallen hall in the capital of Baden-Württemberg, in south-west Germany. The screening is part of the Salomon O.U.T. festival and other films produced by the French company will be shown. Langtang, which tells the story of the team in Nepal in the days following the earthquake that rocked the country, will be the final film in the event.

As well as documenting the journey, the film also pays homage to the generosity of the Nepalese people. As at the presentation in Barcelona, all proceeds from the event will go towards the charity project launched by Summits of My Life and the NGO SOS Himalaya which aims to rebuild  116 houses in the Langtang valley in Nepal.

Around 450 spectators are expected. Tickets are available online for €8 at out.salomon.com

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7.884 thanks!

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A few days ago we asked you to scale another “summit” by participating at Suunto Ambit 3 Pek Charity Draw. You’ve done it and all thanks to your unconditional support. You have raised 7.884 euros, all of which will go towards the rebuilding of 116 houses in the Langtang valley.

A huge thank you to everyone for your support. Thanks to you, 116 families will soon be able to go back to their homes.

We have reached another stage but we aren’t stopping there. The challenge of helping Langtang continues!

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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