Pem Dorjee was born in 1982 in a small, remote village south of Mount Everest.
Dorjee has climbed Mt. Everest twice, the second time with his girlfriend Moni Mulepati where they exchanged wedding vows 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. Pem organized service projects such as dental, eye, and other health camps 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.
On 23 May 2003, he reached the peak in 12 hours and 46 minutes. Lhakpa Gelu beat his record three days later, reaching the peak in 10 hours and 46 minutes. Their competition led to some time spent by Nepali authorities to confirm each man's record. On 21 May 2004, Dorjee beat that record by more than two hours, with a total time of 8 hours and 10 minutes. His climb is considered one of the greatest feats in mountaineering, though some other Sherpa climbers believed the record to be false until it was confirmed later in 2004.
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- The Himalayan Bazaar
- Of Global Interest LLC
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