Everest Awakening was started in April 2015. In January 2015, Jesse Paris Smith spent time in Nepal, and in light of the earthquake just a few months later, was inspired with friends and collaborators to create a community with a goal of directly giving relief to those affected in the region. The name 'Everest Awakening' was chosen by Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal. The name represents a symbol of the issues faced today in the Himalaya. We think of Everest as completely solid, untouchable, and almighty, and yet it was fragile, not spared in the face of this disaster, just as it is not spared in the wake of climate change. Mother Earth no longer accepts our presence with silence, so we need to rise up to awaken our hearts.




We believe in using the platform of music and sound to deliver messages about issues that affect all of us through a medium that everyone can relate to. This collaboration is an extension of the traditional benefit concert, as it connects people from all over the world in a unified project, linking local and global efforts. 

The tracks on the this internet music platform were donated by each musician, speaker, or poet in an effort to raise funds for earthquake relief, and bring people together through the medium of sound. Beyond the act of donating something to raise funds, the tracks serve in helping in different ways, whether it is to heal those who are suffering in this difficult moment, or to show solidarity. All tracks were donated by the artists on the page. You can download individual tracks or the full album for a donation. 



The funds generated by all efforts of Everest Awakening are delivered to select organizations, monasteries, and individuals in the Himalayan region. Below are organizations in the Himalaya and around the world doing amazing work in areas of rebuilding, creating sustainable food programs, education, caring for orphans, healthcare, fighting climate change, advocacy, awareness, care for the elderly, etc. If you are looking for a place to work with or donate funds directly, please visit the links below.

Mountain Resiliency Project

ACHA Himalayan Sisterhood

Himalayan Elders Project

Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundation

Raju Lama Foundation

Tibetan Children's Villages

US Nepal Climbers Association

Tibetan Home of Hope

For more information go to : www.everestawakening.com