In 2019, a group of volunteers founded the Cuore Attivo Monte Rosa association with the objective of giving something back to an area that is crying out for help, by offering medical, educational, and environmental assistance. The members are alpine guides, physicians, and photographers who’ve had their most profound life experiences in these lands, gazing down on the immense expanses of ice that stretch as far as the eye can see. Among them are well-known names in international mountaineering, such as Michele Cucchi, who in 2014 participated in the expedition organized by the EvK2CNR committee to mark the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of K2, helping to train talented Pakistani mountaineers, who on that occasion reached the summit’s 8,611 meters.
The activities carried out by the volunteers in the Makalu and Arun valleys include the reconstruction of schools and infrastructure, setting up medical camps in remote areas, and school training to assure the local population a minimum level of education. Since 2017, Cuore Attivo Monte Rosa has contributed to the reconstruction of three schools and delivered more than 17 tons of food and 140 kilos of medical kits.
Significant numbers that accompany the training initiatives for local guides through which the association intends to lay the foundation for restarting the local economy, which is still struggling to take off.