Born at Montreux in 1929, Denis Bertholet is a mountain guide, ski teacher, photographer and cameraman, graduate of the School of Applied Arts of Vevey. In 1954, he joined and organised several expeditions and treks in the Himalayas, India, Tibet and particularly Nepal. He helped found the primary school at Lukla in 1984 and the secondary school at Chaurikharka in 1991-92. He returns to Nepal almost every year. He is the founder of the Lukla-Chaurikharka Association.
Born in Bruson, Véronique Coppey is a public relations specialist (federal diploma) with a master in tourism management. Since 2010, she has been running a bed-and-breakfast in Montreux (www.bnb-belalp.ch). She has made several trips to Nepal, to Lukla and Chaurikharka. Secretary of the association since its foundation, she became President at the General Assembly of 23 November 2013.
Born in 1951 at Martigny, Bernard Polli is a mountain guide and ski instructor. In 1979, he made an initial trip to Nepal with Denis Bertholet. This was followed by numerous treks and expeditions, including Annapurna III (7,555m) in 1980 and Kangchenjunga (8,598m) in 1983. In 1979, again with Denis, he founded La Fantastique Ski School and is its current President. He is also a founder member of the Club des Combins of Verbier.
Of British origin, Rosemary Duc arrived in Switzerland over 40 years ago to work for the International Olympic Committee as bilingual secretary, then technical assistant. From 1988 to 2005, she was employed by the International Volleyball Federation. In 1985, she participated in a trek in Nepal led by Denis Bertholet.
Bernard Gygi, born on 26 June 1938. Studied philosophy and German literature. Taught at secondary schools in Geneva, in charge of training secondary teachers until 1999. Sportsman (participation in marathons and group leader at the Swiss Alpine Club for ski tourism), he met Denis Bertholet at a trek in the Khumbu in 1993 and joined Luklass in 2012.
Of a family originating from Geneva, René Greiner was born in 1935 at Montreux where he graduated with a commercial diploma. Retired from the Nestlé Group for which he worked during 31 years, 15 of which in Japan and another 5 in Malaysia as financial director in these two countries. He was Vice-President of the association from its foundation until 2013.
Michel Vanello, born in 1958 at Neuchâtel. Trained in electronics and IT , and later in marketing and sales. He worked for the Toshiba group for 30 years in the field of medical Imaging, holding the position of sales manager. Today, he is the owner of an consulting company in various technical domains. He came to know René Greiner who spoke to him about the Lukla-Chaurikharka Association and proposed the role of webmaster for the association, which he joined in 2019.
Jean-Claude BadouxFormer President of EPFL
Frits van DijkDirector General Nestlé, retired
Manuella MauryJournalist at Swiss Television
Jean-Pierre RothPresident BNS, retired
Jean TroilletMountain guide
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