Shoes for Sherpas

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A project of the Colorado Nepal Alliance

Our flagship project: 2012-Present

Fitting shoes

Volunteers help fit shoes for a young Nepali boy. (2014)

Porter in rural Nepal carrying heavy construction materials.

Can you imagine doing this job in sandals? For many porters in rural Nepal, the cost of appropriate footwear is beyond their reach.

Shoes for Sherpas provides “used but still usable” footwear to Nepali porters and villagers. To date, we have collected, inspected, transported, and fit 2,700 pairs of shoes to Nepal!

The Sherpas are an ethnic group living primarily in the mountainous regions of eastern Nepal, and many make their living as porters in the tourism trade as well as in the day-to-day transport of goods from village to village.   Since quality footwear is often either unavailable or unaffordable, our goal is to provide as much “used but still usable” footwear as possible to those living in the region.

Shoes for Sherpas is a project of the Colorado Nepal Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. You can read a bit about the story of the Colorado Nepal Alliance and our projects on the About Us page. We’re more than just shoes!

Bags at the airport

Bags of shoes at the start of their journey to Nepal.

More Information

You can view pictures and dispatches from our past shoe distributions below, and we’ll be posting new reports from our other trips by spring. Until then, start from the beginning with our first large-scale shoe distribution in the Everest Region in 2012. Or read about our multi-village shoe distribution in the Dhading District during June of 2013.

We’ll be adding more about how we collect, inspect, transport, and distribute all these shoes in rural Nepal as soon as we can.

To donate your boots:


Note: Nepalis have small feet. We only accept boots up to men’s size 9 or women’s size 10.  Please, they need to be in very good condition!  This may be the only pair of boots a porter ever owns.