Missing Mt. Everest Sherpa – What A Loss!

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On of the always helpful and top Nepal Sherpa has disappeared in a rescue mission in the Himalayas at the Mt. Everest in mid-2017. My condolence to the family and to the certainly shocked tracking and climber team.

How often to you have arrived at the summit of Mt. Everest, about 29,029 feet or 8,848 meters to begin to believe on God or feel like a bird? One time, A few times? Or never…than shame on you. There is currently a Sherpa, Chuwang Nima, a native of Nepal, who went to the summit of Mt. Everest at least 19 times. That is what I call an outstanding record.

Just forget the weather where cold, but blue skies without clouds can suddenly change to conditions where you can’t see or hear anything, where tornado like wind conditions exist and where I would even need at the first base camp extensive Oxygen support as an untrained person as I’m.

Imagine also the very pristine and beautiful snow at the top which can at any moment go down as an avalanche or opens a deep hole directly below you. Tracking to the summit 19 times, unbelievable!

[youtube RqpqMBCsnXc 325 244 autoplay=0 loop=1 ] Their Accomplishments: Apa and Lhakpa Sherpa

Well, that skilled Sherpa has reported missing on a rescue action and it seem it was his last mountain tour. Of course to call Mt Everest a Mountain is just as wrong as if you call the small sand hills made by little kids that way. But there is no other way or word for this majestic formation. Perhaps ‘Stairways to Heaven’?

This Buddhist spiritual Sherpa was just 39 years (at a  age at which I need Oxygen from an emergency unit just to climb up a few stairs; but I repeat myself) who went missing during this summer. He was also well known in the U.S. and Canada in mountaineering circles as well.

There is however another Sherpa, Apa Sherpa, now 50 years old, who holds a record for climbing into that heaven (or hell, as you see it) 20 times already. To be fit to do so is also not the right word.

Lifelong training and living in the area (such as in the Solukhumbu district) is what is required in addition of a smaller body stature to helping accelerate the required yet thin Oxygen. That is the reason why only few peoples ever make it up to the top and without proper preparation certainly a no-no.

As far as I know, no Mt. Everest expedition has been ever done without guidance of a Sherpa (and if so, at their own risks). The first well known one, Tenzing Norgay, is forever associated with Edmund Hillary, both were recorded as the first two peoples ever to stand on the top of Mt. Everest.

I think big thanks has to be directed to all Sherpa although it looks like that the Mt. Everest Tourism is slowly destroying parts of the mountain and certainly the culture of the Sherpa who even starting not more wearing the traditional Sherpa outfit, especially the ones worn by men.

Copyright (R) 2017 by Rainer F. Otto. All rights reserved

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