Sungdare was the first real "famous"
Sherpa. Today, Sungdare would be one of the speed climbers. Sungdare was born in 1956 in Thame
village, Solukhumbu. He summited with the German expedition on
Oct 2nd, 1979 via the SE ridge route . Then again with the American
expedition on Oct 21, 1981 via the South Pillar/South East
Ridge route. Again on Oct 5th, 1982 with the Canadian expedition via
the South East Ridge. Again on April 29, 1985 with the Norwegian
Everest Expedition via the South East Ridge. His last summit was
summit on May 10th, 1988 with the China-Japan-Nepal Friendship
He joined the French winter attempt
on Everest very late in the expedition but made the high point of 7500
meters via Lho La - West ridge. He summit Annapurna on November 7th,
1986 with the French. He attempted Everest in the Winter again in 1986
with the Koreans and made it to 8000 meters. He was back the next
month on another Korean expedition and reached 8300 meters on Everest
in January. He also summited Cho Oyu (9/1/1988) and
here12/2/1987 in the winter!
Sungdare was one of
the best ever and immortalized in a postage stamp. He
died in 1989....
The Nepal Mountaineering Association
granted a Fixed deposit of Rs 100,000 to his widow.