Himalayan Stove Project: NYC Explorer's Everest 360 VR Documentary to Shed Light on Household Air Pollution

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Production Begins on Everest in Smoke,April 20 - May 20, 2017

NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 19, 2017) ­– New York-based explorer Milosz Pierwola, 30, founder of World in 360, is headed to Mount Everest to produce a 360-degree virtual reality (VR) documentary that will highlight the Himalayan Stove Project (HSP), an ongoing seven-year effort to deliver clean cookstoves to the mountainous communities of Nepal.

Everest in Smoke will focus on the award-winning Himalayan Stove Project and its positive impact on impoverished Nepalis by reducing Household Air Pollution (HAP), the cause of 4.3 million premature deaths per year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

HSP cookstoves, from Envirofit International, Ft. Collins., Colo., reduce indoor air pollution by up to 90 percent, are 75 percent more fuel-efficient, and cook 50 percent faster, according to HSP founder George Basch, 80, who, from his headquarters in Taos, N.M., has shipped over 4,100 stoves to the country, with more planned for shipment in 2017. A donation of $150 per stove transforms the life of a family.

Pierwola, accompanied by experienced Sherpa Pasang Temba and Jai Rajbhandari, will use professional grade 6K resolution 360 cameras as well as traditional photo/video to produce a never-before-seen 360 VR look at the Everest region.

The documentary series will allow audiences to “step inside” sacred monasteries, temples, Nepalese homes, and Everest Base Camp (17,600-ft.) like never before, providing an intimate look at climbers preparing to summit the world’s tallest mountain.

Pasang Temba Sherpa was born to be a high-altitude expedition Sherpa. He was educated at the Sir Edmund Hillary School in Khumjung (which his father had helped to build). Rajbhandari is a life-long resident of Kathmandu and a member of the Newar community, the historical inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley who were the creators of both Kathmandu and Nepal art, culture and civilization. He will be introducing Milo to the ancient and modern culture of Nepal.

The Himalayan Stove project and its founder are recipients of The Explorers Club 2017 Citation of Merit, and an eChievement Award from eTown, one of the most successful and widely distributed radio shows in the U.S., carried on 300 stations reaching a weekly audience of an estimated one million listeners.

Milosz Pierwola’s World in 360, based in New York, films extreme environments using 360 cameras, then shares the footage on virtual reality headsets with otherwise housebound patients in hospitals, foster homes, inpatient care centers, and elderly facilities, allowing the physically and mentally challenged to experience outdoor adventure.

For more information:

  • The Himalayan Stove Project is based at 1335 Paseo del Pueblo Sur #305

Taos NM 87571, 505 363 8863, www.himalayanstoveproject.org, George Basch: George@HimalayanStoveProject.org,

Editor’s note: For a selection of images of the HSP at work, view:


Photos of Pierwola’s project can be downloaded from: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yoljpuqfsii5tyf/AACRLMUStLVdTEek1vC4hjBDa?dl=0

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Media contact:

Milosz Pierwola


New York, N.Y.


732 397 4456

Jeff Blumenfeld for Himalayan Stove Project

Boulder, Colo.

jeff@blumenfeldpr.com, 203 326 1200

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