Ang Rita

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Ang Rita
Native name
आङरिता शेर्पा
Notable work
10 times climber of Mount Everest

Ang Rita aka Angrita Sherpa (Nepali: आङ्गरिता शेर्पा) is a mountain climber who has climbed Mount Everest ten times without the use of supplemental oxygen,[1] and is thus known as "The Snow Leopard".[2] When he made his sixth climb of Everest in 1990 he set the world record for the most number of successful ascents, eventually reaching 10 in 1996.[3] He is a Sherpa born in 1948 in a small village called Yillajung in eastern Nepal.

Everest Summits[edit]

In just over 13 years Ang Rita reached the summit of Everest 10 times without the use of bottled oxygen, 8 of which were via the Southeast ridge route. His last summit occurred 12 days following the second deadliest disaster in Everest history, supporting Swedish climber Göran Kropp on the same day as the David Breashears IMAX expedition crew.[4]

Ang Rita Summits Without Bottled O2[5]
Date Route to Summit
1. 5/7/1983 South Col/Southeast ridge
2. 10/15/1984 South Pillar
3. 4/29/1985 South Col/Southeast ridge
4. 12/22/1987 South Col/Southeast ridge
5. 10/14/1988 South Col/Southeast ridge
6. 4/23/1990 South Col/Southeast ridge
7. 5/15/1992 South Col/Southeast ridge
8. 5/16/1993 South Col/Southeast ridge
9. 5/13/1995 North Col/North ridge
10. 5/23/1996 South Col/Southeast ridge


As a staff member with The Mountain Institute (TMI), Ang Rita participated in a task force that led in 1992 to the establishment of Makalu Barun National Park, an innovative protected area that combined biodiversity management with community development. Once the park was established, he served as its Conservation, Education, Tourism, and Natural Resource Officer. He later worked on the project entitled "Community-based Alpine Conservation and Restoration of the Mt. Everest Alpine Zone" and a number of other projects while at TMI, including Sacred Sites of the Khumbu Region and Lake to Lake: Food for Enterprise. Ang Rita received the Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal in 2011 for his contributions to these and other conservation efforts.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gillman, Peter; Gillman, Leni (2001). Everest: eighty years of triumph and tragedy. The Mountaineers Books. p. 202. ISBN 0-89886-780-0.
  2. ^ Hartemann, Frederic; Hauptman, Robert (2005). The Mountain Encyclopedia. Scarecrow Press. p. 190. ISBN 0-8108-5056-7.
  3. ^ Young, Mark C. (ed.) (1999). The Guinness Book of Records. Bantam Books. p. 531. ISBN 0-553-58075-2.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Kropp, Goran. (1999) Ultimate High: My Everest Odyssey. Discovery Books. pp 175-184. ISBN 978-1-56331-830-6
  5. ^ Ascents - Everest (without supplementary oxygen).
  6. ^ "2011 Hillary Medalist: Ang Rita Sherpa". The Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal. Mountain Legacy. Retrieved 24 July 2019.