Our Mission Statement

To promote the health and welfare of animals, primarily yaks but also the horses residing within the Khumbu Valley of Nepal, which in turn promotes the livelihood of the Sherpa people whom rely on such animals.

Could you live for a year with less than US $2,000 to spend? How about $250? There is a culture nestled deep within the mighty Himalaya Mountains of Nepal known as Sherpa, which does just that. The vast majority are farmers, porters and yak herders. Adapted to high altitude living, every year a select few form the backbone of climbing expeditions, expeditions designed to lead westerners to the summit of some of the highest mountains in the world including Sagarmatha. Sagarmatha is the Sherpa name for Mount Everest, which means "goddess of the sky."

Like you, the Sherpas want to put food on the table, clothes on their backs and a roof over their heads.  The concept of Healthy Yak started back in 2009 when its founder, veterinarian Dr. Lance Fox taught the Sherpas how to administer a general cattle dewormer to their beloved yaks.  The work centered around Lance’s summit of Mount Everest on May 21, 2009.  His climb was made possible in part because of the same Sherpas he taught. 

After returning home to the United States, Lance learned the female yaks treated with dewormer were making more milk for the people.  Hand-milked into a pail by the Sherpa women, yaks producing even small increases in milk can result in significant improvements in the life of the Sherpas in high altitude villages.  The milk is used to make cheese, which provides a valuable source of protein.  

Lance with Phurba


2009 saw two hundred yaks benefiting from the dewormer.  While leading a new group of climbers to Mount Everest base camp in 2010, Lance’s guides from the year before reported being asked by some of the Sherpa villagers “Where’s the Yak Doctor?”  This was the clincher for Lance, as he knew he needed to continue to help these people any way he could.

After some hard fought fundraising, Lance, along with a small team of veterinarians from North America, made the grueling trek back into the Khumbu Valley in the spring of 2011 to expand the program now officially known as Healthy Yak.  With the help of local agriculture and veterinary technician, Bhesh Badahur Ghamire, over 1,000 yaks, a couple dozen horses and a handful of dogs were worked on.  And yet there are thousands of animals in the Khumbu void of veterinary care. This is where your gift will help a people and their animals, both of which have very little .

To see photos captured during this trip please click here.

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Yaks of Nepal




Note - While Lance is grateful for Intervet's generous donation of Safe-Guard dewormer, he is fully responsible for its use in the course of his work. Intervet is not a sponsor of his project and has not reviewed, suggested or endorsed his use of Safe-Guard in yaks.

For More information about Lance Fox, Visit www.foxeverest.com