Pasang Temba Sherpa
Pasang Temba Sherpa hails from Khunde (12,600'), a beautiful Sherpa town in the Everest region of Nepal. Born to a well-known high-altitude expedition Sherpa, Pasang Temba was educated at the Sir Edmund Hillary School in Khumjung (which his father had helped to build). He began his career as a kitchen boy with the American Everest Expedition led by Dick Bass in 1985, then graduated to working as a guide. Now a senior trek leader, he has been on extensive treks to every part of the Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang regions, along with Tibet and Sikkim in India. With good English as well as Sherpa, Tibetan, Hindi and Nepali, Pasang has acted as guide and interpreter for many Western travel writers as well as Peter Hillary and a BBC-TV film crew. An affable man with great high-altitude skills, he now lives in Khunde with his parents, wife, and three children. When not on treks, Pasang helps his wife with raising their yaks and also loves to read, a pastime inspired by his visits to Austria, Australia, India, and Tibet.