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The Sherpas of Everest Series: Babu Chiri Sherpa

Babu 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 Division.

Babu 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 unknown crevasse. 

His body 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.

We pray 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. 

bikrum, sangita and binita Himalaya Center, Nepal

Sad and unfortunate demises of Mr. Babu Chiri Sherpa holder of two World Records on Everest.

Dear EverestNews.com,

We are 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.

Regards Babu Sherpa (Managing Director) 

Babu 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.

Update 3/30/2001: A 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. 

# Date Climber Route Expedition
1 05/03/89 Babu Chiri Sherpa   Kang
2 Oct 6, 1990 Babu Chiri Sherpa(1) South East Ridge French
3 May 22, 1991 Babu Chiri Sherpa (2) without the use of bottled oxygen North East Ridge International
4 10/10/93 Babu Chiri Sherpa (3) North Col-North East Ridge OTT Commercial Expedition
5 05/14/95 Babu Chiri Sherpa (4) North Col-North East Ridge OTT
6 05/26/95 Babu Chiri Sherpa (5) North Col-North East Ridge OTT
7 10/02/95 Babu Chiri Sherpa   Cho Oyu
8 5/23/96 Babu Chiri Sherpa (6) without the use of bottled oxygen South East Ridge  
9 5/25/96 Babu Chiri Sherpa   Cho Oyu
10 10/1/96 Babu Chiri Sherpa   Cho Oyu
11 5/21/97 Babu Chiri Sherpa (7) South East Ridge  
12 05/06/99 Babu Chiri Sherpa (8) without the use of bottled oxygen South East Ridge  
13 05/26/99 Babu Chiri Sherpa (9) without the use of bottled oxygen South East Ridge  
14 05/21/2000 Babu Chiri Sherpa (10) South East Ridge  

Babu 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 of Cost.

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 Company.

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 web@everestnews2004.com 

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 education ?

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 yet planned.

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.

Copyright©Mountain Experience


Babu spelled his name: Babu Chiri Sherpa

Babu 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:

"Nice man, they always get the good ones, and Babu certainly was one of those." 

"Tragic - 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.

The 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!

or 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 school.

To 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
Kathmandu, Nepal
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

He was a very well spoken man, and a regular contributor to EverestNews.com.

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