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12th April, 2014
We arrived at Base camp. We stopped three nights at Pheriche and then 1 night at Loboche and then to Base camp today. Weather was not clear and had some snow during the walk between Gorakshep and BC. It was so glad to see the base camp well setup and all the sherpas and kitchen crews with lovely smile and food!

13th April, 2014
tendi pujaAccording to the Tibetan Buddhist calendar today is auspicious days with the combination of FIRE-FIRE and WIND-FIRE. We performed our Base camp Puja with all members and sherpas team and eventually we share best wishes each other for the success and safe climb.

14th April, 2014:
we worked on checking all the gears, foods and prepare all the loads that have to go to camp 1 and camp two in next few days. Pablo helped us separating foods etc and Ulisses and Laly prepared all the climbing gears for the training tomorrow.

15/16th April, 2014:
training in everestwas both day full day of training into the Khumbu ice fall. We practiced climbing on fixed rope with Jumer and safety and how to climb with crampons on different ice and snow terrain. The second day they practiced how to cross the ladders with different conditions. And also we hiked up to first ladder for the acclimatization and for introduction of short rope systems.

17 April, 2014:
I went to camp 2 with my Sherpa team to drop some loads and also to secure the camp side both at 1 and at 2. Icefall condition look good compare to previous year but still it was dangerous as the route went through the bottom of everest west shoulder.

 

 

 

The most worst tragedy on Everest in 2014:

everest avalance 2014

On 18th April, 2014:
we were sleeping cause it was our rest day that day. By 7:30 in the morning one of my Sherpa friend came over my tent and told me that there is huge avalanche on the Icefall. I was still dazed but still I manage to open two radios from different big company and in radio conversation they said that there have been a huge avalanche and covered many sherpas. I was like oh my god!

I came out of tent and run to the other camps asking what happened. Saw the accident side from the base with the crowd of rescuers. I found that lot of sherpas that I know well have been buried under the ice debris. It was so sad news!!!

I joint the other rescue parties at Base camp to coordinate with them. It was tuff to see all those longline rescuing injured and death. By that time hundreds of telephone ringing from Kathmandu to all their families on the mountain and those who noticed that their parents, son , husband, brothers, pain friends lost their lives many of the family was faint and became unconscious at home. I cannot imagine the situation and feeling s of everyone here now.

After complete rescue of the lives, then the death recovery and search began in the coordination with western and Nepalese guides and Sherpas. Everyone was looking for the bodies and finally they found total 12 bodies and left one for tomorrow and rest three still missing under the ice debris and possibly one or two of them seemed to have been fallen into the crevase and it is fully covered with ice and snow now.

All the 12 bodies were sent to the Lukla airport by Simrik Helicopter and the next day on 19th of April the last body from Droji Khatri was found and sent to Kathmandu.

After all this, finally we managed to make meetings among the western guides, leaders and Sherpas which went very smooth and successful. Personally I really appreciated all the Nepalese and western guides for their great work on the mountain during the search and rescue.

All the Sherpas decided to request some support from the government for the families of deceased Sherpas, but then all of we went through the written demands which was submitted to the government. All the demands that was prepared was with the most important western leaders and Nepalese guides and Sherpas and they all signed it and sent via email to the related tourism association and the government in Kathmandu from the Base camp.

Government finally comes with some decision that they will give less than 400 dollars of compensation to each family. Many sherpas were not happy with that compensation cause to receive the 400 dollars some Sherpa from the khumbu region must spend like 500 dollars to receive that compensation so there was nothing different if they receive compensation or not.

Since there was the meeting of the climbers’ every day, It was becoming very important that the meeting will be non violence and successful, so as to keep the meetings peaceful I and another guides were strongly involved in volunteer to help meeting peace and successful. And it was great that there wasn’t any negative conflict between climbers and I am personally very thankful with all the climbers for their great support to keep the meeting peaceful.

There were more than half of Sherpas who still wished to return to home and return next year only but at the same time there were few teams who were seemed bit confused whether to continue or quit and in my understanding since most of big companies pulled off their expedition everyone just wanted to do the same thing. All the Sherpa were clearly explained the situation and requested by whole group of sherpas that no body will hamper the others team and that if some of the Sherpa team returns then they may submit the written application to the Expedition operators or to the SPCC.

In the some medias or blog we still see some complaints saying that due to the protest of the young Maoist militant the expedition is cancelled, and this is not true in my opinion.

Nobody was threatened to quit expedition, instead everyone was requested to make their own decision and also it was clearly mentioned in the 13 points demands we signed among lot of leaders and sherpas and given to the government.

I was talking personally to many western leaders to inform them that the meeting is peaceful and its no more against the westerners or outfitters and told them that it is purely the request to the government to accept the demands that sherpas and westerners made. I convinced to couple of western leaders and guides that if they get personally some threats then they inform us so that way we can convince people there and that non of the violence and bad news will be flashed.

A group of tourism ministry, NMA, TAAN and NNMGA members arrived the base camp and gave short briefing to everyone, and in the briefing the government requested all the team to continue further climb and not quit it, and they promised the sherpas and members that they will discuss at the cabinet meeting regarding the demands submitted by the Sherpas.

I was waiting with my clients what should we do? I saw bigger companies and groups are planning to pull off their expeditions. And finally guides meeting were held and few important topics were discussed specially whether it is safe to continue or not? Majority of the leaders and guides were planning to cancel the expedition as its not safe route and as there was no really other possible alternative routes in the icefall.

After my team returned to EBC from few days rest in Pheriche, we talked together and made plans and then we decided to return home this year and come back only next year to climb the Everest. Our reason to return was to respect the souls we lost on the mountains, and as all the teams were returning home we did not want to be alone on the mountain.

I was really very sorry to my teams and to everyone who have came to ascend worlds highest peak and that they couldn’t make it. It was also so important to respect the painful and emotional feelings of the Sherpas that who lost their family and friends in the avalanche.

We performed huge prayer ceremony at base camp for the name of deceased and wishing that no more such tragedy may happen in the future.

On behalf of Sherpa and Mountain Guide I always commit to continue my respect and support to our valuable national and international friends and all the mountaineering community!

Thank you very much for reading this posts and I really apologize for any mistakes.

Best Regards,
Tendi Sherpa

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,
    Shelby

  • 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
    www.handnepal.org

  • “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
    www.mountica.com

  • 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
    www.everest2012.com.ar

  • 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

    Robert
    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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