The living “Everest Legend” Apa Sherpa has done it again. Boasting the record of scaling Mt. Everest for the most number of times in the world, this jewel of the respectable “Sherpa” community again climbed the world’s highest peak on May 11, 2011, for the 21st time. This time he scaled the peak as a member of Eco Everest Expedition 2011. Eco Everest Expedition 2011 is an initiative aimed at cleaning the litter at Mt. Everest that was left behind by earlier climbers. The initiative also focuses on generating mass awareness on the possible impacts of climate change.
Now in his early 50’s, this pride of the Asian mountaineering community scaled Mt. Everest for the first time in 1990. And then he made it his practice, eventually establishing himself as the man to scale the peak for more times than anybody else.
Apart from being a legendary mountaineer, Apa Sherpa also enjoys the honour of being Nepal’s ambassador to promote tourism. He is also the founder of Apa Sherpa Foundation, the organization which is dedicatedly working for providing better education to Sherpa children located in rural Nepal. The Foundation is also working for the preservation of Sherpa language and culture.
Please accept a bagful of heartfelt salutations, sir.