Pem Dorjee Sherpa
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Pem Dorjee has climbed Mt. Everest two times, the second time with his girlfriend Moni Mulepati where they exchanged wedding vows on 30 May 2005, and thus became the first couple to be married on top of Mt. Everest while on the Rotary Centennial Everest Expedition. They also hoisted the flag of Rotary International, a club with which Dorjee has frequently been involved, in honor of its centennial year.
Aside from his mountaineering achievements, Dorjee has worked on improving the quality of life in his home village of Chayangba. Dorjee has organized service projects such as dental, eye, and other health projects, as well as funding to build libraries, schools, and drinking water systems in his village and other remote villages in Nepal.
Dorjee is certified as a Trekking and Mountaineering Guide by the Nepalese government. He is also an active member of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), American Alpine Club, Nepal Mountaineering Association, and Everest Summiteers Association. Dorjee recently hiked 3,100 miles along the Continental Divide Trail from the Mexican border to the Canadian border as part of the Rotary CDT Challenge, a fundraising effort by Rotary International to build a continuous trail. Dorjee and his wife are partner owners of a gift store called The Himalayan Bazaar and are travel guides for the adventure travel company Of Global Interest — both were started by Heather O'Neal and are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Pem Dorjee Sherpa and Moni Mulepati were the first couple to marry on top of Mt. Everest on 30 May 2005.