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The Sherpas of Everest Series:
Kushang Dorjee Sherpa

Kushang Dorjee Sherpa first summited Everest on May 10, 1993 via the standard south east ridge route. Next he summited via the standard north east ridge route on May 17th, 1996. On May 28, 1998 he summited a third time the standard south east ridge.

His fourth summit was via the east face of Everest on May 28th, 1999.

Win Whittaker writes about Kushang, "He is an HMI instructor whose life is filled with heart wrenching experiences at the world's highest peaks.

©Win Whittaker

He ran away from home the first time at the age of 14 to work as a porter on an expedition that was passing through his village.  He is the first person to have summited Mount Everest from three points of the compass. His tales of empty promises of money, equipment and land, in exchange for his abilities to make these expeditions successful are tragic. He is not known by the Western climbing world, but the expeditions he has worked on created wealth and fame for their leaders in the form of books and film."

"Yet he is humble, as the majority of Sherpa are, and does what he does because he wants to provide an education for his children, one that he never had. He can't read or write so he climbs because he has to, not "Because it's there". "

Kushang Dorjee Sherpa is from Makalu originally, but now lives in Darjeeling, West Bengal (India).

 

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