A 16 year old school boy has reached the Summit of
Everest from the North side. His previous attempt is described
below on this page, when he had lost several fingers
last year in an attempt from the South Side of
Everest. He turned 16 on May 6th.
the news the kid has reached the summit on 22nd May.
I got a call from Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa of Thamserku
Trekking that he is now safely back at the base camp.
As it seemed all sat phones were up above the base
camp they had no connection to report the news
earlier. Lhakpa Sonam is MD of Thamserku
Trekking and Chairman of Yeti Airlines - sponsor of
the Kids expedition to Everest from the North side.
Ang Karma Sherpa
This time the kid will attempt the North side of
year, a 14 year boy, Temba Sherpa, attempted the
Summit of Everest from the Nepal side of the mountain.
Needless to say, he would have been the youngest to
Summit Everest if successful. Temba Tsheri Sherpa born
06/05/85, got inspiration for climbing Mt. Everest
from his father and the fairy-tale he used to hear
from friends and relatives about the success of
climbing Mt. Everest and the fame you earn after. The
name Temba signifies one of the manifestation of Lord
Buddha, meaning as Temba Ringpoche. The middle name
Tsheri signifies as Tshe Ring meaning Long Life.
year the boy was a seventh grade student
in Pashupati Secondary School in Chabhil. Other members of his
expedition team last year were Chhewa Sherpa (his father), Chhiring Sherpa (his elder brother),
Dangima Sherpa, Phurbachhiri Sherpa, and Ram Krishna Shrestha. Everest Expedition 2000:
New Record was organized by the Dolkha Trust.
"Strange Reports" came from Everest last
year on this boy. Reliable reports were frankly
willing to talk but only as unnamed sources. The boy
clearly spent a large amount of time "high on the
mountain" and then attempted the Summit on May 21st.
This is where the strange reports vary, some news
reports sated that there was no problems. Others
sources reported that the boy became missing (this was
published in small newspapers in Nepal !)...
after leaving the mountain, Temba (aka the 14 year old
boy) showed up in the hospital in Kathmandu losing
parts of several of his fingers. Clearly, it was not a
successful expedition or attempt for the boy.
spoke out against the attempt last year including Ms.
Hawley, however, it continued. It appears the boy will
be back in 2001 attempting again from the South side.
believes strongly in freedom of the hills, however,
"kids should not be climbing these 8000 meter
peaks". It is just plain wrong in our opinion.
The facts are at least 591 deaths have resulted on
8000 meter peaks, which yielded around 4663 Summits by
2773 Climbers being recorded before the 2000 season.
Many of the 2773 climbers are dead! Jerzy
Kukuczka, Alex Lowe, Wanda
Rutkiewicz, Alison Hargreaves, Ginette Harrison are
just a few of the many who have died climbing on these
peaks. In short, less than 3000 people on earth have
reached a Summit of a 8000 meter peak, with over 600
deaths trying (not counting those learning to climb on
smaller peaks, or accidents elsewhere in preparation
for an attempt.) Do the math, this is a very dangerous
sport... It is not a sport for kids in our opinion.