Famous Sherpas

Historically, Mr. Tenzing Norgay of Khum-jung and Dorje-ling (Darjeeling) is the most famous Sherpa. Tenzing Norgay (Sherpa) was the first summiteer of Chomolungma on May 29, 1953. He is admired worldwide as an icon of Sherpa dignity, friendship, and courage. Tenzing Norgay (Sherpa) along with Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand received international fame when they were the first summiteers of the highest mountain on earth, "Chomolungma" (Mount Everest) on May 29, 1953.

Many expedition climbing Sherpas have become international celebrities in recent years, including Babu Chhiri Sherpa of Takshindu, who died climbing in 2001, and the beautiful Mrs. Pasang Lhamo Sherpa of Surkye (near Lukla) who died tragically after summiting Mt. Everest in 1993.

The Tengboche Rinpoche (Ngawang Tenzin Zangbu) who is abbot of Tengboche Gompa in Khumbu, is another world-famous and highly respected Sherpa.

In 2003 Sherpas, Pemba Dorje and Lhakpa Gelu, competed to see who could climb Everest from base camp the fastest. On 23 May 2003, Dorjie reached the summit in 12 hours and 46 minutes. Three days later, Gelu beat his record by two hours, reaching the summit in 10 hours 46 minutes. On 21 May 2004, Dorjie again improved the time by more than two hours with a total time of 8 hours and 10 minutes.

On 11 May 2011, Apa Sherpa successfully reached the summit of Everest for the twenty-first time, breaking his own record for the most successful ascents. He first climbed Mount Everest in 1989 at the age of 29. One of the most famous Nepalese female mountaineers was Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, the first Nepali female climber to reach the summit of Everest, but who died during the descent. Another well-known woman Sherpa was the two-time Everest summiter Pemba Doma Sherpa, who died after falling from Lhotse on 22 May 2007.

2001, Temba Tsheri was youngest Everest climber in the world. ( holder of Guinness book of world record). On 19 May 2012, 16-year-old Nima Chhamzi Sherpa became the youngest woman to climb Everest; the previous record holder was Nimdoma Sherpa, who summited in 2008, also at 16 years old.

Chhurim Sherpa (Nepal) summitted Everest twice in May 2012. 12 May and 19 May. Guinness World Records recognized her for being the first female Sherpa to summit Everest twice in one climbing season.

On July 26, 2014, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, Dawa Yangzum Sherpa, and Maya Sherpa crested the 28,251-foot (8,611-meter) summit of K2, the second highest mountain in the world. In doing so, the three Nepali women have become the first all-female team to climb what many mountaineers consider a much tougher challenge than Everest. The feat was announced in climbing circles as a breakthrough achievement for women in high-altitude mountaineering. Only 18 of the 376 people who have summited K2 have been women.