Well George, we finally knocked the bastard off.” were the famous first words Edmund Hillary uttered upon returning from Everest’s summit. While it is still not sure if he was the first to summit, it is definite that together with Tenzing, he was the first to come down again.
Hillary grew fond of the area and its Sherpa inhabitants and wanted to give something back. He spent much time in Khumjung, the little town with less than 1000 inhabitants at 3500 meter altitude in the Khumbu Valley. He build schools and a hospital and supported the local monasteries. To thank him this statue was placed in from of the school, but Sir Edmund -he was knighted after his climb- was not a person who liked these kind of gestures, he was always a quite straightforward man, who wanted to help others.