In a remarkable display of endurance and skill, Pasang Dawa Sherpa has broken records by climbing Mount Everest for the 26th time. The 46-year-old Nepalese mountain guide completed the impressive feat on May 14th, supporting a Hungarian climbing team as they summited the peak.
Pasang Dawa Sherpa has been climbing Everest since 1998 and has almost summited the peak every year since. He has climbed the mountain twice in a single year on several occasions, in 2001, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2018, 2019, and now in 2023.
Since the first ascent of Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953, only one other person has achieved this impressive number of successful ascents, making Pasang Dawa Sherpa’s accomplishment all the more remarkable.
The Sherpa people of Nepal have long been known for their expertise in mountain climbing and guiding. While they were once overlooked and relegated to supporting roles, many Sherpas have started to challenge themselves to set new records and achieve greater recognition in the world of mountaineering.
Last year, in May 2022, Nepalese mountain climber Kami Rita became the first person to summit Everest 26 times, surpassing the previous record of 25 held by Apa Sherpa. However, Kami Rita is currently attempting another ascent, and Pasang Dawa Sherpa may yet surpass his record.
The government of Nepal has granted permits for a record-breaking 467 foreign climbers to attempt Everest this season, with the majority attempting to summit during the spring months of March to May. As always, the Sherpas of Nepal will be instrumental in guiding and supporting these climbers, showcasing their immense skill and resilience.
In the world of mountaineering, the Sherpas of Nepal have long been renowned for their skill and expertise. Now, with Pasang Dawa Sherpa’s record-breaking 26th ascent of Everest, they have yet another accomplishment to add to their impressive legacy.