Pema Tshiri Sherpa began working with visitors to his homeland of Nepal as a porter at age sixteen. He had no equipment, boots, or warm clothes; but the group he guided paid him with chocolate, a T-shirt, and pencils. He advanced his career, serving in various capacities as a guide and cook. He would grow to become one of very few guides to walk the entire 960 miles of the Great Himalaya Trail. He even climbed to the summit of Mount Everest eight times. Tshiri first visited Grandfather Mountain in 2014 for a cultural-exchange presentation, and was astounded by the natural beauty. North Carolina was different because the mountains of Nepal are mostly above the timberline. Tshiri stayed in touch with staff at Grandfather Mountain, but in 2015, his hometown of Hill in Solu Khumbu, was devastated by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. He established the Sherpa Welfare Nepal Foundation to help with earthquake relief and rebuilding, and he returned to Grandfather Mountain this year to raise awareness about the plight of his people. With sponsorship from the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, he scheduled speaking engagements at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, Avery County High School, REI outdoor clothing in Asheville, and the Rotary Club of Avery County. To raise funds, he sold handcrafted yak fur Nepalese shawls.