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Phurba Namgyal Sherpa

Date of Surgery: 1/26/2016
Update (7/2016): Phurba has returned to Kathmandu and expects to make a full career return to mountain guiding very soon.

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I was born on 7th February 1986 in Rolwaling Valley which is located at the elevation of 4100m.  The village is still remote.  Currently I am living in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal with my wife and a son.

I started working as a support climber (sherpa) in mountaineering expeditions in Nepal since 2004.  My official climbing training was ice climbing level II at Khumbu Climbing School in winter 2009 in Nepal.  It is supported by Alex Lowe Foundation.  Not only as a participant, I helped the course being English Language volunteer.  It was a great pleasure.  Jim was our team instructor.  He taught us well. We learnt a lot, from making climbing knot on rope to vertical ice climbing.

Since then I focused developing my climbing skills and techniques.  My dream being a certified guide came true in the year 2012.  I am one of the first certified mountain guide from Nepal.  This added a milestone in Himalayan climbing history.  This is great opportunity to coordinate and work together with worldwide mountain guides and climbers in the Himalaya during expeditions.

Career Background

So far I have been involved in more than twenty expeditions to eight thousand and seven thousand meter peaks in Nepal Himalaya.  My first expedition was to Mt Himlung with French Ski team in 2004.  Since then I have made successful summits of Mt Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Amadablam, Mt Baruntse.  Besides big expedition I have guided clients to 6000m peaks in Nepal.  Since 2010 I have done several mountains in the European Alps and rock tour in the Dolomite.  I have been working as guide expert in the courses run by Nepal National Mountain Guide Association (NNMGA) and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).  I have received the certification of Route Setter and Judge for the Sports climbing competitions in Nepal as certified by IFSC (International Federations of Sports Climbing).

Treatment Procedure and Recovery Plan

I had my Right Knee ACL surgery on 26th January 2016.  From 27th January I started rehabilitation.  I went to Howard Head Sport center for three weeks.  Then I flew back to Nepal.  I am continuing rehabilitation at Kinesiology in Kathmandu.  I have been visiting the center three times a week and doing exercise at home by self.  I am happy with the recovery progress.  I am not doing Everest expedition this spring.  I would like to work on expedition from September 2016.



"Without Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation’s help I wouldn’t have got my knee treated at Steadman Clinic. I got the surgery very soon after my injury. Helping my accommodation and flights beside medical expenses has helped me a lot. I would have never paid myself and I had problem with my insurance company. I didn’t find a word to explain the Foundations help and thank for it. I am so lucky to get back to my profession. Hope to finish my ski education in the future."

- Phurba Namgyal Sherpa