The Everest Base Camp Climb to Fight Cancer


The Everest Base Camp Climb to Fight Cancer

Science is at a moment of tremendous possibility. Fred Hutch is among the leaders in cancer and infectious disease research. Let’s dig deep, and help push the science to even greater heights.

Support Fred Hutch by sponsoring a team of biotech leaders on a trek to Everest Base Camp (17,500 feet).

Mar. 23-Apr. 8, 2022


Donations go to:

Pheriche Sponsors


Namche Sponsor


Lukla sponsors:

Guide Service:

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. Eric was one of the guides on my successful Everest summit expedition in 2018. He was the lead guide on Kilimanjaro in 2019. He’s outstanding.

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 have raised $2.5 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 hiked these trails to Base Camp at the beginning of my expedition to the summit of Mt. Everest on May 22, 2018. The summit is at 29,031 feet of elevation. This group will not set foot on the highest flanks of the mountain, but it will require dedication to hike to 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.

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