The Everest Base Camp Climb to Fight Cancer


The Everest Base Camp Climb to Fight Cancer

Science is at a moment of tremendous possibility. By combining two of my passions — biotech journalism and the mountains — I hope to raise significant money and awareness for a first-rate scientific institution. Fred Hutch is among the leaders in cancer and infectious disease research.

Support Fred Hutch by joining me on a trek to Everest Base Camp (17,500 feet) and to the spectacular Himalayan vista on Kala Pattar (18,300 feet).

IMPORTANT NOTE: This trip will NOT involve any technical climbing. No mountaineering experience is necessary for the trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC). All you really need is a good pair of hiking boots, some warm layers, and a light backpack. There will be no travel through the Khumbu Icefall, the dangerous crevasse and avalanche zone. If you have hiked on trails at 14,000 feet in North America, you are ready for this trip of a lifetime.


The Idea:
Join a team of biotech leaders on this storied trail in the Himalayas. By joining this expedition, you will be doing three things.
• You will have an unforgettable life experience
• You’ll form meaningful relationships with peers
• You’ll contribute to a great cause

This expedition is modeled after the Kilimanjaro Climb of 2019. Recap 

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Everest Base Camp trek

About Luke Timmerman

Who am I?
Luke Timmerman is a biotech journalist, author, and entrepreneur. I’m the founder of Timmerman Report, a biotech newsletter, and author of “Hood: Trailblazer of the Genomics Age.” My Climb to Fight Cancer campaigns on Mt. Everest and Kilimanjaro have raised $2.3 million for cancer research at Fred Hutch since 2017.

Why an Everest Base Camp trek?
The scenery is spectacular. The cultural experience in Nepal is life-changing.

I had the pleasure of walking to Base Camp during the prelude to summit of Mt. Everest on May 22, 2018. This group will not set foot on the highest flanks of the mountain, but it will require significant dedication to reach Base Camp at 17,500 feet. Your journey to get an up-close look at the world’s highest mountain is symbolic of the ambitions and dedication of this fundraising campaign. It offers hope to cancer patients.

For practical purposes, the trek is accessible. It doesn’t require climbing experience. People in decent physical shape, and a strong will, can do it. A trek to Everest Base Camp poses none of the dangers of climbing to the summit of Mt. Everest.

Along the way, you will also have a chance to experience Tibetan Buddhism as it is practiced by the native Sherpa.

This is a trip everyone should take at least once in their life

Team Details

Who’s On The Team?

Who’s Guiding?


That’s me with senior guides Lakpa Rita Sherpa and Eric Murphy of Alpine Ascents International. Kilimanjaro expedition, July 2019.

Eric Murphy will be the lead guide for our trek to EBC in spring 2020. Eric was one of my guides on the successful Everest summit expedition in 2018. He was the lead guide of the Kilimanjaro trip in 2019. He’s one of the best in the business. He’s a great leader, has a wealth of experience, and a sense of humor.

Beyond Eric, we will be supported by the crew at Alpine Ascents International. Seattle-based AAI has 30 years of experience in Nepal. It has built trusting long-term relationships with the Sherpa who live in the villages we will be passing through. I can’t say enough good things.

What The Climbers Are Saying

“What was completely unexpected on our Kilimanjaro trip was the level of camaraderie that immediately formed in the group – like-minded, interesting and interested, generous and unquitting”

Nina Kjellson, general partner, Canaan Partners

“The proposition: join Luke and equal numbers of men & women in our industry to raise money for cancer research at the Fred Hutch and climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. This was the experience of a lifetime. Breathtaking scenery – yes. Challenging physically – yes. Outstanding guides & support personnel – yes. Life-long bonding experiences – yes!”

Bill Newell, CEO, Sutro Biopharma

“Luke’s Climb to Fight Cancer trip to Kilimanjaro was simply the best chance ever to get to know a high quality group of biotech executives well. And so much more. Consider his future trips if you love the industry and hate cancer.”

Bob More, partner, Alta Partners

VIDEO: Climbing Mount Everest to Support Cancer Research at Fred Hutch

Hi, I’m Luke Timmerman, a biotech journalist.

I’m carrying my 80-pound training backpack, up and down the hills of Seattle, for a reason.

I’m training to climb Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world, in 2018.

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Why do this?

Of course, I love the mountains.

But mostly, I’m doing it to support the top-notch research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. I’m doing it to support my hometown of Seattle. And I’m doing it to support science itself.

As a biotech journalist for 15 years, I’ve had the privilege to meet scientists around the country doing amazing work. I see a cancer revolution happening. Immunotherapies are emerging that harness the power of the immune system to attack cancer cells much like the viruses and bacteria that we fight off every day. Fast DNA sequencers and other sensitive instruments are making it possible to detect cancer earlier than ever before, when it’s most easily treated.

Fred Hutch is at the leading edge of cancer cures. Their pioneering research is helping people with many types of cancer live longer, and lead better lives. We’re seeing just the beginning of what is possible.

We can’t let up — especially during this time of so much thrilling progress.

So I ask you to please give generously to this important cause at a crucial moment in time.

Let’s take this all the way. Donate to the Climb to Fight Cancer at Fred Hutch, and you’ll help scientists push to the top of the mountain – the cure.

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