Phurba Tashi

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Phurba Tashi
Known for 21 ascents of Mount Everest[1]

Phurba Tashi Sherpa Mendewa (Nepali: फूर्वा तासी शेर्पा) is a Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer, born 1971,[1] known for his numerous ascents of major Himalayan peaks. He holds the record for the most total ascents of eight-thousanders, with 30. These include twenty-one ascents of Mount Everest,[2] five on Cho Oyu, two on Manaslu, and one each on Shishapangma and Lhotse. In 2009 Tashi was featured in the Discovery Channel series Everest: Beyond the Limit.[3] He is the central figure in the 2015 documentary Sherpa which recounts events surrounding the 2014 Mount Everest ice avalanche, after which Tashi retired.[4] He reached the summit of Everest 21 times, including three times in the 2007 season alone.[1][5][6] He lives in Khumjung, Nepal.[7]

In the first season of the Discovery Channel series (2006), he was shown carrying double-amputee Mark Inglis down a portion of the lower descent on his back. In 2007, as a result of urging by expedition leader Russell Brice, Tashi agreed to accompany David Tait on his mission to complete the first double traverse of Everest, climbing the north route to the summit, descending on the south side, resting for three days, and then repeating the trip in reverse. Once at Base Camp on the south side of the mountain, however, Tait decided to bow out of the return traverse. Tait said that his decision was influenced by his belief that Phurba Tashi was a far superior climber and would have allowed him all the glory had they continued.[6][8] Tait summited Everest for a third time in May 2009, again accompanied by Tashi (his 15th summit).[8]

Phurba Tashi took the 2016 season off from climbing, in the previous half-year he lost both of his parents.[9] Phurba was interviewed at the “Tashi Friendship Lodge” in Khumjung village by Deutsche Welle Adventure sports blogger Stefan Nestler.[9] In 2016, Tashi stayed at base camp and worked for Russel Brice with his Himex guide firm.[9]

Everest summits[edit]

Mount Everest
  1. May 24, 1999 [5]
  2. May 27, 2001[5]
  3. May 17, 2002[5]
  4. May 25, 2002[5]
  5. September 8, 2002[5]
  6. May 22, 2003[5]
  7. May 31, 2003[5]
  8. May 23, 2004[5]
  9. June 4, 2005[5]
  10. April 30, 2006[5]
  11. April 30, 2007[5]
  12. May 15, 2007[5]
  13. June 14, 2007[5]
  14. May 5, 2009[10]
  15. May 21, 2009[10]
  16. May 5, 2010[10]
  17. May 22, 2010[10]
  18. May 5, 2011[11]
  19. May 20, 2011[12]
  20. May 10, 2013[13]
  21. May 24, 2013 (21st Everest summiting)[13]

See also[edit]