Shoes for Sherpas

A project of the Colorado Nepal Alliance

Next trip is Mid-to-Late 2015! Currently seeking donations!

A Gift of Education!   $20 Sponsor a Bag of Boots!   $168 Find Us on Facebook Donate!

Nepal has suffered a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake. The area of Darkha where we are building a classroom and have done multiple shoe distributions is only 12.5 miles from the epicenter.

We have heard that there are many deaths in Darkha, and that all the homes have collapsed. Survivors are sleeping outdoors near what is left of the police station, which also collapsed. There has not yet been any rescue effort from the government or from any other relief organization.

Please donate to our Darkha Disaster Relief Fund. All contributions are tax deductible. Please pray for all of the families in Darkha, many of whom are our friends.

Donate to Darkha Disaster Relief Fund!

Nepal is among the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with 55% of its population living below the international poverty line of less than US $1.25 per day [1].   The tourism industry brings in much-needed income, especially in the Everest region in the eastern part of the country.

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.

You can help!   Please donate hiking boots, cross trainers, or running shoes that still have some life left in them.   We will distribute them in 2015.   Don't let a "good sole" go to waste!

Hiking Boots

New or Used

We're collecting new or "used but still usable" footwear, especially hiking boots, cross trainers, and running shoes.

Some amount of wear is ok as long as there's still some life left in the soles, but please, nothing with holes or other damage - we don't have the funds to do repairs.


Nepalis tend to have smaller and wider feet on average than Americans or Europeans.   We are collecting small sizes only:

Men's sizes up to US 9
Women's sizes up to US 10
Any children's sizes

We're now collecting boots, trail shoes, and children's shoes for our next trip to Nepal in 2015!

If you would like to donate but can't make it to one of the drop-off sites, please get in touch so we can make other arrangements.

Denver, CO
Runners Roost - Denver

1685 S Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80222   [map]

Denver, CO
Little Feet

The Plaza at Cherry Creek
201 University Blvd, #103
Denver, CO 80206   [map]

Denver, CO
The Wilderness Exchange

2401 15th St, Suite 100
Denver, CO 80202   [map]

Golden, CO
Colorado Mountain Club

710 10th St #200
Golden, CO 80401   [map]

Boulder, CO
Neptune Mountaineering

633 South Broadway Suite A
Boulder, CO 80305   [map]

Nederland, CO
Kathmandu Restaurant

110 North Jefferson St
Nederland, CO 80466   [map]

Estes Park, CO
The Warming House

790 Moraine Ave.
Estes Park, CO 80517   [map]

If you would like to donate but can't make it to one of the drop-off sites, please get in touch so we can make other arrangements.

A Gift of Education!   $20

Your $20 tax-deductible gift will provide a new school uniform for these students, and will help fund a classroom being constructed in Kuri, Nepal. We will mail you a 5x7 greeting card that you can send to the recipient of your choice. Makes a great stocking stuffer!
(Make sure to include your mailing address in the notes field.)

Sponsor a Bag of Boots!   $168

Sponsor a bag of boots and shoes and we'll put your name on it!
(Your tax-deductible donation covers the cost of one duffel bag plus international shipping.)

We're not making any money from this project, and are paying international shipping and in-country transport expenses out-of-pocket. We'd love it if you would consider a small donation to help defray expenses.

If you'd like to make a monetary donation, you can click one of the blue donate buttons, or contact us directly at info@ShoesForSherpas.org

Note: Shoes for Sherpas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.


Your tax-deductible donation will help fund projects, international shipping and in-country transport costs!

Many thanks to all who have donated footwear or volunteered to spread the word or act as drop-off sites!

Special thanks go to...


Bag Sponsors!

Earthbound Expeditions

Rajan Simkhada is President of Kathmandu-based Earthbound Expeditions (P.) LTD., a Himalayan adventure travel and trekking company.   Rajan is our main resource within Nepal for coordinating shipping, travel, and distribution.

Runners Roost Colorado logo

Runners Roost - Denver

The fine folks at the Denver location of Runners Roost Colorado have provided a drop-off site in addition to donating many pairs of barely-used running and trail shoes!

You can reach us by email to: info@ShoesForSherpas.org

If you would like to donate but can't make it to one of the drop-off sites shown above, please get in touch so we can make other arrangements.