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Namgya Sherpa

Date of Surgery: 5/29/2017
Ankle Hardware Removal
Update (4/2018): Namgya has recently returned from an expedition on Mount Vinson and is currently guiding on Mount Everest.

About Namgya

I am the Director of Grand Himalaya aged 47, and is from the Kanchenjunga Region (The third Highest Mountain in the world and Second in Nepal).

Career Background

My guiding career began in Nepal in 1998 when I was 26 years young as a high-altitude worker. I completed Basic & Advance mountaineering courses in Nepal through Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). I have participated in several basic and advance levels First Aid course in Kathmandu conducted by Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project (KEEP), plus Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course ran by National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) of India in year 2012 & 2016.

I have participated in numerous Himalayan expeditions, and summited many peaks including Mount Everest 11 times, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Ama Dablam, Mount Muzta Atta in Pakistan, Mont Blanc in France. I have been continuously working for Antarctic Logistics & Expedition (ALE) on Mount Vinson as a guide every season and completed my 10TH season in Antarctica most currently in January 2018. During my 10TH season in Antarctica working for ALE, I made 25 ascents on Mount Vinson. I am also a general member of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) & Trekking Agent Association of Nepal (TAAN).

Finally, I am also involved in many search, rescue and retrieval operations in the Himalaya which focuses on rescue operations at extreme altitude in adverse conditions. Most notably in 2007, I coordinated and participated in the rescue of a client from the 8300 meters of Mount Everest.

Treatment Procedure and Recovery Plan

I took a long fall on Mount Vinson while fixing rope in 2015 and unfortunately damaged my right ankle. I was hospitalized in Chile for primary treatment. I then returned home to Nepal and had metal removal surgery on 29th May 2017 in Kathmandu Nepal and started rehabilitation from 1st June in Kathmandu. I went Kinesiology Physiotherapy.


"First of all, I would like to express my huge thanks to Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation for kind and valuable support. I certainly would not be able to get back to my guiding job which is only my biggest income resource for my entire family. I am heading back to climb Everest again in less than two weeks and extremely excited. I have printed a small banner of Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation logo which I am hoping to take a photo on top of the world’s highest Mt. Everest within the next 6-7 weeks, I certainly will keep posted on my progress…Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!! "

- Namgya Sherpa