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    IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide

    Mountaineering makes me what I am today-a passionate adventurer and professional mountaineer. I am one of the few Nepali Mountain Guides to be UIAGM certified Mountain Guide with no Ski. I’ve a record of 11 successful summits of the Everest from both sides (South and North).
    My mountaineering experience also extends to the famous summits in Tibet Himalaya, Andes and Europe.
    I have also successfully scaled popular trekking peaks including Mount Mera, Mount Island/Imja, Mount Phachermo with Tashilapcha Pass, Mount Yalungri, Mount Lobuche and Mount Yala in Nepal; Acconcagua in Argentina; Dent Blance and Wildhorn in Switzerland; Hyuana Potosi and Pyramid Blanca in Bolivia; and Casa Blanca and Villardrica in Chile.

    Mountaineering is not just for stretching your limbs, achieving the adrenaline and gathering the accolades. It’s witnessing the secrets of nature, connecting with people and experiencing the journey of self. So, every time I set off for the mountains, I embark on a journey of “learning” and return back with some wisdom and stories along with the smiles of my fellow travelers under my care.

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    Social Involvement

    Social Activist

    The best part of any outdoor activities done in wilderness is getting the rare opportunity to get connected with the people who are settled in remote valleys or distant outcrops.

    Though I was born and brought up in mountains, Mountaineering has paved me the road to mingle with wider Himalayan population and gain wider experiences.

    I have witnessed the life of deprivation and needs in villages. So, though it sounds like a cliché, I have always wanted to give back to the community what I have gained from Mountaineering and traveling around the world. So, as a part of this initiative, I’ve been involved in my village and many other social organizations directly and indirectly, focusing primarily on Education, as I believe “Education is the only eye to see the World”.

    Currently I’m working as a Treasurer in “NepalkoSathi” – a non-profit Swiss NGO that supports education, health and other areas of development in the remote villages of Nepal. I have also served as Vice-President of the Kapan Sherpa Association, Kathmandu for 5 years. During my tenure, I have focused on the development of cultural activities and facilitated the provision of special English and French language classes during this period.

    Similarly, I was a Treasurer, and now an active member of Nepal National Mountain Guide Association, which has been educating Aspiring Nepali mountaineers by offering International Standard Mountain Guiding course every year.

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    Teaching/ Training

    Mountaineering Instructor in Nepal.

    My moto in Mountaineering is to return back home safe with many exciting stories to share with. Outdoor adventure becomes adventurous only after the participant is trained and skilful. Otherwise, there is always the threat of mishap, frustration and disaster.

    To ensure the safety and thrill in every adventure, I always focus on proper training for myself as well as teach for beginners and other Aspiring Mountain Guides.

    To develop the safe mountaineering culture, I have been involved in many training activities in Nepal. I have volunteered as a climbing instructor in mountain rescue training, introductory rock climbing and ice climbing courses conducted by Nepal Mountaineering Instructor Association, and also participated as a instructor for basic mountain leadership training with Nepal Mountaineering Associaition.

    In addition, I have also instructed the Aspirant Guide Course Component 3rd, which is annual mountaineering training and many other highly successful programs organized by Nepal National Mountain Guide Association NNMGA.

    Unofficially, I have been providing teaching/training skills to friends and staff whenever I get the chance specially out of my guiding season. And its always so much fun to teach or share the skills that i’ve learned to other peoples.

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What People Say

  • Tendi is one of the most amazing and talented people that I have ever met. He is an inspirational leader who successfully led our team to the summit of Everest on May 23, 2016. As a 25-year-old girl, I was one of the youngest of our group and a bit apprehensive of the enormity of our expedition, but I have to say that every step of the way I felt safe and in good hands with Tendi leading our team.

    From the moment I first was introduced to Tendi I had total trust and respect in him as a guide. His knowledge for the mountain and understanding how to communicate effectively with the different people and nationalities was remarkable. The summit is one thing but the climb down is where things can go wrong. I was very nervous for the descent but both Tendi, and my personal Sherpa Pasang calmed my nerves and assured me that we would get down safely.

    Our group had 100% summit success rate…but for Tendi success wasn’t the summit; success was getting our whole group down safely and being able to hug at advanced base camp complete with huge smiles on our faces. Tendi is a very special person that has left a huge impression on me and my life. I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to climb with such man as Tendi!

  • Dear Tendi,

    I just wanted to say thank you to you one more time for this amazing experience!

    From the moment we all met in the USA I knew it was going to be a once in a lifetime journey. Your knowledge of trekking and the trials assured me we were all in great hands and I so much enjoyed learning about Nepal. Thank you for letting me pester you with all sorts of questions and teaching (Dr.) Sara and I (and the rest) some nepali and Sherpa- it was so fun!

    You are such an inspiration of a kind person who works so hard for their family.

    Your happy disposition is a pleasure to be around and always a reminder to smile :)

    I so greatly appreciate your sharing of Buddhism as well- I look forward to incorporating some practices in my own life and hope to study the philosophy more back in the States.

    Your business, trekking team, and family are all such a pleasure to be around- I’m so grateful we had the opportunity to meet them all (and I hope to see them again in the future!).

    Sara and I are excited to talk to our sorority (AST) about supporting your NGO in help of your village’s education and look forward to keeping in touch with you.

    Once more- thank you so much!

    -oh and your daughter is beautiful! I cannot wait to see her grow up to be another Ship grad :)

    All the best,

  • Tendi Sherpa is not only an amazing climbing guide, he is also an amazing friend. I first met Tendi in 2007 while climbing Everest. I was not feeling well while at camp III. Tendi and Ongdi Sherpa assisted me in reaching camp II safely. Later that night I developed severe HAPE. I credit Tendi and Ongdi for saving my life that night, and assisting me in my descent of the Khumbu Icefall, while being really sick.

    After Tendi reached the summit of Everest on May 16th 2007, he repeated an ascent with me on May 24th. I had recovered from HAPE in Namche Bazaar and was anxious to reach the summit before the monsoon came in. We climbed hard and fast. I have never met anyone with more strength and energy than Tendi Sherpa and Willie Beneges. We reached the summit of Everest 5 hours and 45 minutes after leaving camp IV then descended all the way to camp II in a single push.

    I would climb any mountain in the world with Tendi. He has become a close friend and also serves as a board member on an organization that I founded- Helping Assist Nepal’s Disabled (H.A.N.D.) Tendi has a huge heart and love for people. He is devoted to helping others in Nepal to have a better life.

    Brian smith
    Jacksonville, Oregon, USA

  • “We just summited Aconcagua, the first Nepali and the first Russian female to summit via Polish Glacier route. Tendi turned to me and said: “Now you do not need a guide to climb Aconcagua.” Ha! Tendi raised the bar!

    Thank you, dai, for bringing me closer to my aspiration of climbing unguided and unsupported; for making me a better climber and a better human being; leading me to great heights both mountains and spiritual.

    In the presence of Tendi Sherpa, one will find sound guidance, risk assessment, decision making, safety priority, and the highest level of expertise. Tendi is a true guide at heart, phenomenal climber and a beautiful human being.
    Thank you for your guidance and your friendship, Tendi!”

    Olya Lapina, entrepreneur, climber
    Sanfrancisco, USA

  • I reached the summit of Mount Everest in May 2012 and Tendi Sherpa, with his experience of 10 previous summits, was crucial in such an accomplishment.

    During my stay in the Himalayas, I asked Tendi lots of questions about his culture, religion, etc. Maybe my questions were very silly, considering I belong to the Occidental World. It´s such a different culture! But I always found Tendi ready to share all his knowledge with humility and kindness.

    I had the opportunity to meet Tendi in a two-month expedition in the Himalayas. During that time I got to know a kindhearted person who not only made me laugh with his jokes, but also had the right words in the most difficult situations I had to undergo.

    It`s amazing to see how many characteristics coexist in the same person; the innocence of a curious young man, the determination of an experienced climber, and the permanent good mood of a wise person.

    Even during the toughest moments of the expedition, there he was, with his wide smile, ready for a friendly chat.


    Hernan Carracedo
    Neuquén, Argentina

  • Tendi Sherpa was one of the leader/guides during my attempt to climb the highest point on the planet outside of the Himalayas – Aconcagua, in the Andes of Argentina, with my two sons and nephew in 2013. What a tremendous honour it was. Later that year, my daughter and I caught up with Tendi in Kathmandu, where we met his family and were shown his astonishing variety of well-kept climbing gear.

    Tendi is well-respected in the Sherpa and wider Nepalese communities, and other guides and climbers seek out his guidance. He has summited Everest with clients on multiple occasions, as well as other peaks around the world.

    His strength and perseverance, his knowledge and common sense, and his courage are legendary. His self-effacing nature, sparkling personality, politeness and sense of humour serve him well on the mountains, where things do not always go to plan.

    I would travel with him anywhere!

    From your friend

    Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

  • Truly one of the most fascinating individuals I’ve met in my life…meet Tendi Sherpa. He has an aura that captivates the attention of everyone within his reach and his personality glows so bright he could light a room. 

    Tendi has 10 summits of Mt. Everest (and counting). This season, he became the first Nepali to summit Aconcagua by the Polish Glacier Direct route. Congratulations Tendi! It was great to meet you! Good luck this May :)

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