US Sherpa Bio
We are excited to be headed to Nepal in October and are trusting our trip to an experienced Sherpa family. We were first introduced to Ongyel Sherpa who sales US Sherpa products to specialty outdoor stores in the US. The goods are authentic Nepalese, warm yak wool, and colorful. Our favorite products are the prayer flags which are quintessential Nepal.
Learn more about US Sherpa’s Treks and programs at: US Sherpa Treks
Below is background information on Ongyel and his distinguished Sherpa family.
Primary Point of Contact: Ongyel Sherpa
Group Leader and Guide for Annapurna & Pangboche trek Fall 2005, Thorung La/Mustang trek Fall 2007, Kalapatthar Everest Trek Fall 2009, Everest Basecamp Trek Spring 2010, Annapurna Manang Trek Spring 2012, Everest Base camp & Kalapatthar Trek May 2013, Group leader in 2014/2015Sherpa guide for Himalayan Sherpa Adventure from 1996-1998, other trekked regions include Helambu, Langtang, Gosainkunda, Gorkha, Lamjung, Around Kathmandu valley, hiking and some climbing in Vermont, White mountains, Adirondacks, red rocks in Nevada and Utah, .
Ongyel’s journey to the United States began after meeting American doctor Geoff Tabin (co-director of the Himalayan Cataract Project & Everest climber) in 1998 in Nepal. Ongyel’s uncle Nima Tashi was a Sherpa guide on Dr. Tabin’s Mt. Everest expedition that brought the duo to the summit for the first time in 1988 along with the first American woman to achieve this goal. With the help and sponsorship from Dr. Geoff Tabin, Ongyel was able to fulfill his dream of coming to the United States. Ongyel lived with Dr. Tabin’s family for close to five years in Burlington, Vermont. During this time, Sherpa started to connect with the Himalayan Cataract Project and Sherpa and his family in Nepal would provide housing, food, trekking and other travel services to their clients: doctors and medical students. While studying as a Business and Travel & Tourism at Champlain College, and with the tremendous support and encouragement of college professors and staffs, Sherpa pursued his passion to start his own business and launched US Sherpa International in 2005.
Nima Thundu Sherpa:
Veteran Sherpa Guide, over thirty years of trekking & mountaineering experience, lead & organized close to 100 trekking expeditions, successful ascents close to 2 dozen peaks, grew up as a yak herder in the Khumbu/Everest region, started mountaineering trekking career as a porter then built his way to Kitchen staff, Sherpa guide, cook, sirdar/head Sherpa manager then a trekking agency, worked as a professional cook for Late Sir Edmund Hillary, Excellent knowledge of Everest, Annapurna, Dolpa, Langtang, Rolwaling, Helambhu, Makalu, Manasalu, Kanchenjunga, Dhaulagiri, Tibet, India, flora/fauna, wild life, agriculture, Buddhist religion and Sherpa culture, traveled countries include United States, France, India, Tibet/China, Switzerland.
Nima Tashi Sherpa:
Senior Climbing Guide, head Sherpa Sirdar, Manager, lodge owner in Pangboche village, owner of close to 20 yaks in Pangboche village (13,100ft), ten successful Everest Summits & many other successful peaks summit including Amadablam, Mera, Island, Lobuche, Lhotshe, most of the Everest trips were with some of the top American climbers in big projects like NASA, 50th Everest Anniversary climb, 1988 America Expedition, 1990 American Everest/Lhotse Expedition, mentioned and name appeared on various famous books and videos (Blind Corners, Doctor on Everest, National Geographic video “Surviving Everest”) superb knowledge of Nepal, mountaineering, high altitude climbing, cooking & guiding, traveled countries: United States, India and Tibet.
Head Sherpa Sirdar/Guide, Logistics manager & former World Wild Life Staff with ten years of experience), former Sherpa Sirdar (Manager) for Sherpa Society Trekking Agency, twenty years of trekking experience, excellent knowledge in Nepalese wildlife and has traveled to all different National parks in Nepal such as Bardiya, Chitwan, Shivapuri, Sagarmatha, Langtang and conservation areas, superb knowledge in Sherpa culture, Buddhism, experienced trekking and peak climbing in Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Dolpa & Manasalu, guided peaks include Lobuche Peak, Island Peak, traveled countries: United States, France, England, Switzerland, India, Bhutan & Tibet.
Office/ticket/lodging manager, fluent in French language, worked with French Embassy in Nepal for ten years, over ten years of experience working with foreign clients in the travel industry, trekked region includes Khumbu/Everest, around Kathmandu valley and Annapurna Mustang, traveled to Chitwan, Shivapuri & Bardiya National Parks, traveled countries: United States, France, Belgium, England, Switzerland.
Lakpa Tshering Sherpa:
Sirdar/head Sherpa guide & trekking organizer, over twenty years of experience in trekking and mountaineering, has trekked & done peak climbing all over Nepal, superb knowledge of the Annapurna region and the Sherpa culture, successful Everest summit in Spring 2009, fluent in Japanese & German, has passion in football/soccer and a current life time member of the Himalayan Sherpa Club, traveled countries: Japan, Germany, United States, Tibet, has a family of wife and two children.
Sukra Ram Tamang:
Sherpa guide and has led few treks as a head Sherpa guide, great cook, about twenty years of trekking experience in Nepal and India, works as a full time guide, lives with his family: wife and three children
Sherpa guide, has trekked all over Nepal, over 20 years of trekking experience, works as a full time guide and sometime Sherpa guide/porter, skilled trekking cook, lives with his wife and son.