About Iman Gurung
Iman Gurung was born and grown in Laprak, a remote village in the northern part of Gorkha district. He was the firstman of the Gurung ethnic group as well as the first person from western part of Nepal to have conquered Mt. Everest 8,848m, the world highest peak. He was the person who planned to reach Mt. Everest in less than 20 hours without oxygen. But due to the technical problem, he could not attempt Mt. Everest
He was an extraordinary man, celebrated as much for his Himalayan exploits as for his compassion and concern for the social development of the northern parts of the Gorkha district.
Iman was the first person to Paraglide of Gorkha district and the Chief Instructor of the Nepal Mountaineering Association. He is the founder of Nepal Mountaineering Instructor Association (NMIA) and Nepal National Mountain Guide Association (NNMGA).
His passion and enthusiasm for the mountaineering sector in Nepal proved to be an example for many younger people to also enter into and invest in the tourism sector. His dream to develop Laprak village into a tourism centre that celebrated the district he loved, whilst allowing for education, employment and social development, was unfortunately cut short by his untimely death in 2005.
This dream lives on in the hearts and minds of all Lapraki, including those who are involved with the creation and running of the Everest Summiteer Iman Gurung Memorial Trust.