Born and raised in Nepal, Nimsdai has reached the pinnacle of not one, but two professions: he served in the elite Special Boat Service of the UK armed forces, before launching his climbing career. Now established as the leading mountaineer of his generation, he has a host of historic firsts to his name - from leading the first-ever ascent of K2 in winter, to climbing all 14 of the world’s 8,000m peaks in under seven months.
With the establishment of the Nimsdai Foundation, he wants to extend a helping hand, both to the Himalayan communities of his homeland and to his former colleagues in the UK armed forces, so that they too can reach the summit of their ambitions.
The Foundation supports educational, technological and capacity-building projects in Himalayan communities across Nepal and Pakistan. It funds initiatives aimed at cleaning up the environment, and ensuring that pristine mountain ecosystems are preserved for future generations. And it offers financial support to mountaineering projects proposed by veterans of the UK armed forces, with whom Nimsdai served during his glittering 16-year military career.