Name: Khendo Lama
Hometown: Bothang, Sindhupalchowk
Khendo is from a small village called Bothang in central Nepal, near the holy lakes of Panch Pokhari. As her mother worked abroad, she grew up with her grandparents, working on the family farm before going to school. In 2017, she and her sister, Lambutti, moved to Kathmandu to continue their high school education.
Khendo showed potential as a runner from an early age. She started running trail races in 2017, and has notched up some impressive results including 2nd female at the 2018 Panchase 55km in Pokhara and 3rdfemale at the 2018 Manaslu Trail Race, a 7-day stage race.
Khendo wants to compete in international races, and hopes to improve with training from Exchange & Empower’s experienced coaches. In the long term, she hopes to join the army. She and her sister hope to develop their home village by organizing running activities in the area, which they describe as backwards but very beautiful.