Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa holds the world speed record on Mount Everest, climbing from base camp to the summit in just 10 hours, 56 minutes and 46 seconds, on May 26, 2003. But his achievements in mountaineering, particularly on Everest, do not end there. He has reached the summit of Everest fifteen times and has scaled many other high peaks in America and abroad. To name a few, Lhakpa has summited Mt. McKinley/ Denali, Aconcagua, Mt. Vinson, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, etc. Not to mention, he enjoys working as a mountain guide for Alpine Ascents International, a Seattle-based mountaineering company. He also guides for Adventure Ascents, a company he co-founded in 2013.
Lhakpa’s wife, Fulamu, is the chef of Wildberry. The couple also own a restaurant and lodging in Kharikhola, Nepal whose main customers are tourists and climbers. Sherpa housewives ensure that their husbands are well-fed and nurished before they leave for their strenuous work at the mountains. For this reason, the staple foods of Himalayan Sherpas are loaded with healthy nutrients that provide satiety for the long day of work ahead.
To learn more about Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa, his achievements, his struggles and his mission toprovide education and expand opportunities to his villagers in Kharikhola, please visit his Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa Foundation website: www.lhakpagelu.net
Team: USA, South Africa, Great Britain
Year: 2010, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1994
Team: Super Sherpa, Iran, Discovery, USA/Germany, USA/Canada
Year: 2007, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1993
Team: Great Britain
Year: 1998, 1997
Team: Spain, Great Britain
Year: 1997, 1996, 1995
Height: 6 Summits
Height: 45 Summits