Sherpa power on Chomolungma
It's mountaineering time again in Nepal. And the picture is always the same: While about half of those who reach the top of the world's highest mountain are Sherpas, the western media are mainly interested in western climbers. Even Nepali media do not give the Sherpas the honour they deserve. They especially will never learn to write the Sherpa names in a correct way. Appa Sherpa, who reached the summit for the 14th time, and Lhakpa Sherpa, who became the first woman to conquer Everest four times, should be a special pride of Nepal in these difficult times.
On 20 May 2004, Lhakpa Sherpa became the first woman to climb Chomolungma for a fourth time. In the picture, she is seen together with her sister Ming Kipa who at the age of 15 became the youngest person ever on Everest in 2003.
On 17 May 2004, Appa Sherpa set a new record by reaching the top of Mount Everest for a 14th time.
It's amazing what the Sherpa's can do and how little of them is heard in the news and on the websites. Maybe we can change the trend a bit here..