After his successful ascent of Mount Everest, Count Monzino returned back to Phaplu and met with Ang Tawa Lama, the grandson of Sange Lama, it was during this rencontre that the idea to create a Himalayan chalet was born.
To this date, the Italian Expedition to Everest remains one of the most opulent and extravagant. Around 6,000 porters were employed to carry mountaineering equipment, as well as cigars, risotto, pasta, gambling tables, sofas and silver service.
Remarkably today, some of these items that made their way to base camp and beyond, are now part of the decor at the chalet.
Together Monzino and Ang Tawa Lama built the Chalet and named it Hotel Del Sherpa. This hotel became a wild mysterious destination in the mountains and was later home to Sir Edmund Hillary and his family for many months when he rented the house to oversee his Himalayan Trust projects to build hospitals and schools in the region. He would later describe it as his “Happy House”.
When the civil war broke out with the Maoist Revolution in 1996, The ‘Happy House’ had to be abandoned by the current owners Rinzi Pasang Lama (son of Ang Tawa) who moved to the United States of America with his family and
settled there. The Happy House could have been lost forever in that turbulence. Instead, R.P. handed it over to a dear friend and filmmaker, Christopher Giercke, who had been coming to the valley since the 1980s to make a movie, Lord of the Dance: Destroyer of Illusion. Christopher kept the spirit of the house intact as his own family home visiting it often with his family and friends and using it as his base for the many philanthropic endeavors he led in the Solu Khumbu region. Until the summer of 2017 when Ang Tshering Lama (son of R.P), decided to invest in the home’s renovation and open it up to a larger audience as the hub for all Beyul Experiences adventures and to rekindle Hillary’s description- making it once again the ‘Happy House’.
The house has gone through extensive structural restoration and major renovation to bring it up to comfort and modern safety standards while keeping the traditional charm of a Himalayan house. Surrounded by pine trees and an organic garden, the house will be the point of departure for all Beyul Experiences.
We invite you to come and visit us in this unique and historic setting where the old and new converge and new stories and experiences are created.