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  The Sherpas of Everest Series: Sungdare Sherpa


Picture copyright ŠPat Morrow

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 Expedition.

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 Dhaulagiri is 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.

 




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