In her presentations, Billi will share with you various aspects from her expeditions, her approach and her passion for high-altitude mountaineering as well as her special connection to the Himalaya.

She talks about the physical and mental components and her enthusiasm for high-altitude mountaineering, and what the bike in Kathmandu is all about. She also dedicates part of her lecture to the history of high-altitude mountaineering.

You can expect thought-provoking and inspiring lectures with very personal impressions which are accompanied by breathtaking pictures and impressive video sequences of the beautiful world of the high Himalaya.

For more information and scheduling appointments, please contact Christiane Schupp on +49 179 9044029 or
christiane.bierling@t-online.de or via the contact form.

Presentations in English & German

“My life with the 8000ers - a look behind the scenes of high-altitude mountaineering”

With short readings from the book “I have a bike in Kathmandu”

Duration: 1 ½ hours with pictures, music, short readings and video sequences

In this lecture, Billi Bierling takes us to the world of the high Himalaya. The German-born globetrotter not only tells us how she climbed to the summit of Mount Everest herself, but also gives us a profound insight into the history of high-altitude mountaineering and how it has changed from alpinism to record-seeking behaviour over the last 20 years. She also talks about how the Himalayan Database came into existence; her work with the legendary archivist Miss Elizabeth Hawley; and the role of Sherpa which has recently evolved from being the servants to being the bosses in the mountains. Due to her 20-year involvement in the expedition world, her own high altitude climbing and her role with the Himalayan Database, there are few Himalayan climbers Billi has not met and grilled about their climbs in Nepal. A brief part of the lecture is dedicated to the devastating earthquake that shook Nepal in 2015. Billi explains how she provided humanitarian aid on the ground in her role as a communications expert with Swiss Humanitarian Aid.

Facts and figures about new records, such as climbing all 14 8000m-peaks in the shortest time, are also a large part of the lecture which is dotted with short readings from Billi’s most recent book “I have a bike in Kathmandu”. Her sister Christiane Schupp will read the sections which are accompanied by pictures and give the lecture some variety.

You can look forward to an inspiring, entertaining and thought-provoking lecture which will be accompanied by wonderful pictures and video sequences from the mountain world.

This lecture can be held in English or German.

“My life with the 8000ers - a look behind the scenes of high-altitude mountaineering”

Duration: 1 hour with pictures, music and video sequences

In this lecture, Billi Bierling takes us to the world of the high Himalaya. The German-born globetrotter not only tells us how she climbed to the summit of Mount Everest herself, but also gives us a profound insight into the history of high-altitude mountaineering and how it has changed from alpinism to record-seeking behaviour over the last 20 years. She also talks about how the Himalayan Database came into existence; her work with the legendary archivist Miss Elizabeth Hawley; and the role of Sherpa which has recently evolved from being the servants to being the bosses in the mountains. Due to her 20-year involvement in the expedition world, her own high altitude climbing and her role with the Himalayan Database, there are few Himalayan climbers Billi has not met and grilled about their climbs in Nepal.

Facts and figures about new records, such as climbing all 14 8000m-peaks in the shortest time, are also a large part of the lecture.

You can look forward to an inspiring, entertaining and thought-provoking lecture which will be accompanied by wonderful pictures and video sequences from the mountain world.

This lecture can be held in English or German.

It's high time for women - A look back at the history of women in high-altitude mountaineering

Duration: 30 minutes with pictures, music and short video sequences

In this lecture, Billi Bierling talks about the pioneering women in the high mountains and the important role women play in high-altitude mountaineering. A lool back at history with important female mountaineers such as Wanda Rutkiewicz from Poland, the Englishwoman Lucy Walker – the first woman to climb the Matterhorn – and the Austrian extreme mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner. An important focus of the lecture is the role of the female Sherpas, or Sherpanis, and how they have developed over the last decade. In addition, Billi’s former boss at the Himalayan Database, the late Miss Elizabeth Hawley, forms a substantial part of this talk.

This talk can be given in English or German.

Company lectures

The power or persistence - Reaching the highest peaks on earth with curiosity, courage and caution.

Duration: 1 hour with pictures, music and short video sequences

In this lecture, Billi Bierling tells us how you need perseverance, willpower, curiosity and caution to reach the highest mountains in the world, and thus your goals. With specific excerpts from her expedition and working life, she reminds us that it is sometimes essential to leave your comfort zone in order to achieve your goals. With marvellous pictures and short video sequences from the fascinating world of the high Himalaya, she explains how much we need teamwork in the mountains; how much we must rely on our gut feeling; how much we need to practice our patience on expedition; and how important it is to remain true to your own values.

You can look forward to an entertaining and informative talk that draws parallels between the mountain and professional worlds and shows how courage, curiosity and willpower can lead to success.

This lecture can be held in English or German.