Chiri Sherpa is considered one of the greatest Everest climbers
ever. With ten Everest Summits (including 4 North Side summits),
many considered Babu Chiri Sherpa the strongest climber on
Everest. While Messner Solo is hard to top, Messner never stayed
the night on the Summit. Babu Chiri Sherpa was working with
Himalaya Expeditions., Inc. where he was Director of Expeditions.
He also worked for NOMAD Expeditions as Director of the Expedition
Chiri Sherpa passed away after unexpectedly falling into a crevasse at
Camp II at 1600 hrs on 29 April 2001. He was camping at Camp II in the
western Cwm of Everest. It is believed that he was trying to take
pictures from different corners around camp II, and he fell into a
was recovered on April 30th at 0900 hrs by one Sherpa and 2 western
climbers from about 30 m deep down crevasse. His body is being ferried
down to the base camp today.
to Lord Almighty to help his soul rest in eternal peace. Babu Chiri,
man of the man and the macho of the man kind has left us all sadly.
sangita and binita Himalaya Center, Nepal
unfortunate demises of Mr. Babu Chiri Sherpa holder of two World
Records on Everest.
very sorry to inform you that Mr. Babu Chiri Sherpa bestowed with 2
world records on Everest. (1)- Spent 21 hours on summit of Everest
without auxiliary oxygen. (2)- Fastest Ascent of Everest 16hrs. 56
minutes. And ten times summiter of Mount Everest met with an
unfortunate death due to accident on 29th of April 2001 at camp II.
Approximately around 4 P.M., while he was leading the National team
M/S Kathmandu Metropolitan Everest Expedition 2001.
Babu Sherpa (Managing Director)
Chiri Sherpa, had a dream, not to Summit Everest in 16 hours, or to
sleep the night on the Summit. He had done both. His dream was to
build a school for his six daughters in his small village in Nepal.
You see Babu "never saw the door of a school". He learned to read, but
from his own studies. He wanted a better life for his daughters than
frankly having them carry someone else's gear up Everest.
Babu Chiri Sherpa has
died 4/29/01: See here
for the reports
Update Spring 2001:
Babu Chiri Sherpa, returns to Everest in Spring 2001 on the South side
with three climbers, Brant Didden USA, Grant Douglas Maclaren
Canadian, Rechard O'Bryan Paul USA. This would be Babu's 11th Summit
of Everest if successful.
local political figure in Nepal, a ward chairman of Kathmandu
Metropolitan City, Ramesh Man Dangol, has joined Babu's expedition
this spring. The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) is assisting Ramesh
with funding for the climb. Dangol is 36 and is a postgraduate student
and a black belt in Taekwondo. He has reached the summits of several
5000 meter peaks in Nepal, but has not reached the summits of any 7000
or 8000 meter peaks.
"I am leaving
Kathmandu on 2nd April and will be here in Kathmandu at the end of
May." Regards, Babu Chiri Sherpa
Below is more
information on Babu.
In Spring 1999: Babu
spent over 21 hours on the Summit of Everest. In spring of 2000, he
set the speed record for climbing Everest on the South Side.
Chiri Sherpa was the chairman of Nomad Expeditions.
Older reports from his friend Bikrum
Pandey are below:
"Here is the Everest Summit News for
today. Babu Chiri Sherpa, aged 33 from Taksindu has reached the Summit
of Mt. Everest at 9am together with two other Sherpa companions. Babu
sang National Anthem of Nepal at the summit and hoisted the National
Flag of Nepal. His singing of the National Anthem has been recorded by
his International Everest Expedition at the base camp. His two Sherpa
companion have left him there on top of Mt. Everest & returned to
South Col. He intends to complete his dream of 20 hours on Mt. Everest
Summit and that will be realized tomorrow the 7th May 99 by 4 am.
He has already set the world record
by staying the longest time ever on Mt. Everest by any living human
being." Himalaya Center Kathmandu Nepal May 6th 1999. Babu Chiri
Sherpa, the 8th. time veteran summiter of Mt. Everest, 8,848 m. has
successfully completed his dream of sleeping on the Summit of Mt.
Everest for 20 hours. He is reported to be good condition. He arrived
Camp 4 this morning. Earlier Babu had successfully climbed Mt. Everest
on 6th. May, together with two of his trusted companions: Dawa Sherpa
of his own Takshiundu Village and Nam Dorjee Sherpa of Basalindung,
Sankhuwa Shava of the Eastern Nepal
Babu had camped on the highest spot,
29,0028 ft. of the world (another milestone) with his specially
designed Tent " The American Sky", made to beat any tough wind at the
height of 8848 meters. According to another Babu Sherpa, Managing
Director of Thamel based Nomad Expeditions, Mountain Hardware of USA
had designed special Tent, Sleeping Bag and Mattress for Babu for this
"Sleep on Mt. Everest Summit" Project. Mountain Hardware of USA had
contributed more than US 7000 Dollar worth of Equipment to Babu FREE
Even though Babu has been diplomatic
in expressing his motive behind this Big Life Risking "Sleep on Mt.
Everest Summit" Project, observers here believe that Babu will use
this Miracle Success for his own Business Benefit. This Climber turned
Entrepreneur, Babu Chiri Sherpa is the Executive Director of Nepal’s
Thamel based Nomad Expeditions and holds majority of the shares of the
Update: Spring Everest 2000, Babu
Sherpa breaks the speed record for reaching the Summit of Everest from
Base camp on the South side to the surprise of few who know him. For
details see our Daily
Reports during the Everest season.
Help Babu build a school for his
children ! E-mail us
Update: Babu Chiri Sherpa tells
EverestNews.com he will return to Everest in Spring 2001, stay tuned
for his plans. This would be his 11th Summit of Everest if successful.
This is his Q&A:
Q.) [EverestNews.com] Tell us about
your plans to build a school with funds from your speed record.
A.) [Babu Chiri Sherpa] I had
sponsors for my Record climb and thought definitely we could save some
money but unfortunately I could not save any money from expedition
because sponsor money was not a lot. Hardly enough for expense for
food and staff.
Q.) [EverestNews.com] How big of
school building and how much money is needed?
A.) [Babu Chiri Sherpa] I planned to
build 5 rooms building and for that I need around $11000.
Q.) [EverestNews.com] What village
will the school be in ? How big is the village ?
A.) [Babu Chiri Sherpa] The school
will build in our area and village name is Akang, the village is not
that big but place is looks century behind from today.
Q.) [EverestNews.com] How many
children you do have and how old are they ?
A.) [Babu Chiri Sherpa] I have 6
daughters and they are,14,12,8,6,4 and 2 years old!
Q.) [EverestNews.com] Does you family
(parents etc..) live in the same village and if so how long have they
lived there ?
A.) [Babu Chiri Sherpa] My Parents
and I grow up there and we all are still living there.
Q.) [EverestNews.com] Did you get an
A.) [Babu Chiri Sherpa] I never saw a
school door but I can read. Which I learned form my own study...
Q.) [EverestNews.com] Is climbing a
sport for you or a job ?
A.) [Babu Chiri Sherpa] The climbing
was a job for but I am beginning to get the feeling of sport.
Q.) [EverestNews.com] What next for
you ? Any climbing plans for Autumn ?
A.) [Babu Chiri Sherpa] No next climb
Q.) [EverestNews.com] What would you
climb if money was not an issue ?
A.) [Babu Chiri Sherpa] Money is very
important for survival but not whole life!
Q.) [EverestNews.com] Which Everest
climb has been your toughest and why ?
A.) [Babu Chiri Sherpa] I never face
very tough time during my 10 summit of Everest so far.
Regards, Babu Chiri Sherpa
Babu Chiri Sherpa, has a dream, not
to Summit Everest in 16 hours, or to sleep the night on the Summit. He
has done both. His dream is to build a school for his six daughters in
his small village in Nepal. You see Babu "never saw the door of a
school". He has learned to read, but from his own studies. He wants a
better life for his daughters than frankly having them carry someone
else's gear up Everest.
He wants his daughters to get the
education that he has never received. Babu is looking for funds to
help build his school. Babu now 34, only has a few years of Everest
climbing left. He started as a porter when he was 13. His first Summit
was not Everest but Kanchenjunga in Autumn 1989 at 23.
His Summits and records are not in
dispute. Can you help him live his dream for his daughters? He is
looking for $11,000 dollars. The village I live in Ohio wants $3-4
million for an addition to its school and will probably get in the
next board election.
Everest has been life to Babu. He
respects Everest. Babu also respects those western climbers who pay
for his services. But he wants a better life for his daughters. Let's
help to give it to them !
To help Babu built this school for
his village and daughters give here:
Memorial to Babu
Chiri Sherpa at Everest Base Camp. Babu was only 35 years young.
spelled his name: Babu Chiri Sherpa
Chiri Sherpa tragic death on Everest this year was shocking to some. A
couple of comments from Everest veteran Expedition Leaders about his
death to EverestNews.com:
man, they always get the good ones, and Babu certainly was one of
- but I guess this is the risk of being in this game."
||Photo in the Rum
Doodle of Babu Chiri Sherpa signing the wall upon his return from
21 hours on the summit of Everest.
Update 5/1/2001 from Gabriel Filippi who attempted Everest last
year with Babu.
dead body was brought back 10 a.m. this morning to Kathmandu
airport. Tons of reporters were there. One of the King's
spokesperson was there too. A lot of people everywhere, in the
streets, sidewalks, on the top of roofs. People everywhere. People
were walking slowly, following the cortege. A car was carrying his
brother Dawa and the rest of the family. TV, radio and
newspapers talked about his death. This is the only thing that
people talk about. It is a national tragedy. Nepal is in a
terrible shock. Friends all over the world too. Now they all are
praying in the Monastery. The Prime Minister was expected during
the afternoon. The cremation is scheduled for Thursday in
Kathmandu. Babu and his friends are thankful to everyone who
helped and will continue to help making Babu's dream a reality.
If you live outside
the UK, make your credit card donation HERE
If you have a UK
bank account click here for a monthly sponsorship form!
click on the picture here to go to the SHIVA web site:
Ironically this new credit card system was set up on the day
Babu's died. People before were mailing and sending money for the
wire money: Account name Babu Chiri Memorial Foundation
Account number 371120J
Bank name Himalayan Bank Limited
Bank address P.O.Box 20590
Tridevi Marg, Thamel
Telephone 011 977 1 250201 / 227749
Swift code HIMANPKA
Babu Chiri Memorial Foundation
Nepal NGO Registration number 41/058/59
Registration date July 2001
Post box 13855 Kathmandu, Nepal
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regular contributor to
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