Eileen Hewson FRGS has been travelling to the remote areas of the Himalaya for over 40 years.
Her travels have taken her to Everest and Nepal, along the Karakorum Highway between Pakistan & China, Bhutan, Pakistan, Sikkim, Darjeeling, Kashmir, Ladakh & Zanskar and many others. Her plans for the future include the newly opened Kingdom of Mustang and Eastern Bhutan. She still talks about her trek to Everest.
Her inspiration was the late explorer and writer Michel Peissel who travelled to these places in the 1960's and 70's.
For many years Eileen’s concern for with the fate of old graveyards in Ireland and Asia inspired her to document many of the inscriptions. Her searches took her to India, the Himalayas and Sri Lanka (Ceylon) where she surveyed many European burial grounds. Finding an Irish heritage in the Falklands was a surprise so it was recorded before it disappeared.
The results are published in The Kabristan Archives and are available to the general public at a nominal price. She has a blog, Genealogy Sri Lanka, which allows the public to post their Sri Lankan Genealogy queries for free.
Eileen is the author of over 100 publications and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.