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Temba Tsheri Sherpa

Update 5/24/2001: 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. 

Hear 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

Update Spring 2001: This time the kid will attempt the North side of Everest.

Last 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. 

Last 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.

The Attempt: "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 !)...

Then 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.

Several 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.

EverestNews.com 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.

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