Tuesday 20th October 2020

‘Snow Leopard’ Ang Rita Sherpa Passes Away at 72!

The legendary climber has scaled Mt. Everest for ten times without supplementary oxygen.
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‘Snow Leopard’ Ang Rita Sherpa Passes Away at 72!

Nepali legendary climber and Guinness World Record (GWR) holder Ang Rita Sherpa has passed away on Monday morning at the age of 72.

Ang Rita, popularly known as the ‘Snow Leopard’ for his mountaineering activities, was suffering from liver and brain ailment. However, the exact reason for his death is not yet known.

Sherpa has received two Guinness World Records certificates:

1) First Winter Climb of Mt. Everest Without Supplement Oxygen

On December 22, 1987, Sherpa set off from the base camp to successfully climb Mt. Everest without bottled oxygen.

2) Most Climbs of Mt. Everest Without Supplement Oxygen

Ang Rita climbed Mt. Everest 10 times between May 7, 1983, and May 23, 1996, all without bottled oxygen.

Ang Rita Sherpa climbed Mt. Everest

Sherpa started working as a low altitude porter for the Dhaulagiri expedition at the age of 15 to support his family. Eventually, he became high altitude porter, carrying loads up to Camp III, without shoes and climbing gear.

Later, he was offered a job as a high-altitude Sherpa porter for a Swiss expedition in Dhaulagiri, which he calls a turning point in his mountaineering profession. He started accompanying international climbers and celebrities as a guide. Some of them include,

  • Camp IV of the Mt. Everest with a British Army expedition
  • Scaled Mt. Everest on May 7, 1983, while assisting a German American expedition
  • Made his first winter climb during the 1987/88 season while assisting a South Korean expedition
  • Scaled Mt. Everest on October 10, 1988, with a Catalan team
  • Scaled Mt. Everest in 1990 while assisting the first all-Nepali Army expedition
  • Accompanied the first successful Chilean expedition to Mt. Everest in the spring of 1992
  • Accompanied a Spanish team to the top of Mt. Everest in 1993
  • Helped a Russian-Ingosethian expedition to the Peak in 1995
  • Accompanied the first Swedish expedition to Mt. Everest in 1996

Ang Rita Sherpa was born in 1949 in Solukhumbu.

PM Oli Expresses Grief Over the Demise of Snow Leopard

PM Oli

Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has expressed his condolences over the death of the legendary mountaineer Ang Rita Sherpa.

“Very saddened by the passing away of Ang Rita Sherpa, who set the world record by climbing the Sagarmatha 10 times without supplementary oxygen. I pay tribute to him and express my profound condolences to the grief-stricken family and well-wishes at this hour of sorrow. His feat would always be remembered,” twitted PM Oli.


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