In May 2022 world medallist Sabrina Filzmoser (AUT) scaled Everest in a stunning feat of endurance. She did so carrying her black belt and other symbols of her life in judo, taking the time to teach judo, raise awareness of the need for environmental commitments and plead for peace around the world. She made lifelong friends in the region in the years preceding the venture and those friendships have continued to flourish to the benefit of the judo and wider communities in the Everest area.
Sabrina Filzmoser (AUT) on top of the world in 2022.

Following Sabrina’s climb, a delegation from the IJF travelled to meet the Austrian adventurer, to document the development activities and the climb and also to see first hand the incredible work being done to increase participation at such high altitudes.

Everest Judo Club head coach Kazi Sherpa, Nepal Judo Association officials, an IJF delegation and members of the Khumjung-based dojo at 4000m altitude.

Since the achievements of 2022 there have been a number of visits to Everest Judo Club, including Miriam Blasco (ESP) and Nicola Fairbrother (GBR), Olympic gold and silver medallists respectively, in October 2023. The latest visitors are two judoka from England, Jodie Caller, a former member of the British team, and Rob Aston. They took part in judo sessions to share knowledge and then discussed sponsorship ideas to support the young coaches of Everest Judo Club, most notably Miss Preeti, the club’s first woman to achieve the grade of 1st dan.

Jodie Caller and Rob Aston joining in with an Everest Judo Club class, March 2024.

In one of the most challenging environments in which to live anywhere in the world, a judo community is not only thriving but is attracting attention from all over the world. Almost 4000m above sea level and head coach Kazi Sherpa and his young team are continuing to build their very special judo family and all who travel there are struck by the magic of the mountains and of Everest Judo Club.

Here is the full Forever Everest adventure:

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