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Sherpas on top of the world, but not looking down upon earth

Khalid Umar Malik
23 Oct 2021, 10:18 GMT+10

KATHMANDU, Nepal - A combined ascent of Mt Everest by three members of a Sherpa family has been recognized by Guinness World Records as an incredible achievement.

Tenzing Dorjee Sherpa, his son Sonam Tashi, and his daughter Pasang Kanchhi of Phortse village in the Everest region recently received a certificate from the GWR that they established a world record by reaching the world's highest peak on May 23, 2021.

Pasang Kanchhi Sherpa added, "We have finally received the certificate from GWR." According to International Mountain Guides, the trio had successfully conquered the world's highest peak together during the previous spring season as part of an IMG trip.

The GWR recently confirmed that this is the first-ever successful summit by a father, son, and daughter.

Born and raised in a Sherpa family by mountaineer father and elder brother, Pasang Kanchhi was always enthusiastically interested in mountains and excursions. "As a child, I have seen all the hardships and struggles of summiting mountains from my father and brother, which made me even more interested and inspired in this field," she said after receiving the GWR award this week.

For Pasang Kanchhi, the IMG-2021 expedition was a dream come true. "Being at the top of the world's highest mountain at around 5:58 am on May 23 with my father and brother was beyond my imagination," she said, adding that after completing her studies in tourism and hotel management, she hopes to work in this mountaineering industry in the future.

Tenzing Dorjee said he was a proud parent because Sonam Tashi and Pasang Kanchhi had followed in his footsteps. "I am so happy to be the father of these courageous kids."

Sonam Tashi has had the honor of standing atop Mt Everest seven times since his first success in 2011. "I had worked for Asian Trekking and Himalayan Expedition in the early days, and now, I am with the IMG," the three-time Manaslu summiteer explained.

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