‘Queen of Everest’ Lhakpa Sherpa Bags Record 10th Summit

Lhakpa Sherpa, 48, has stepped onto the summit of Everest for the 10th time, breaking her own record. How she has managed these 10 summits is a remarkable story.

Twenty-two years ago, Lhakpa became the first Nepali woman to climb Everest (and make it down alive: Pasang Lamu Sherpa achieved the feat in 1993 but perished on the descent). To get that opportunity, she had taken the long, hard way from her village in the Makalu region, where she lived with 10 siblings. Lhakpa worked as a porter since she was 15.

Lhakpa (left) and her daughter hold the U.S. flag at Everest Base Camp. Photo: Lhakpa Sherpa

 

Climbed Everest shortly after giving birth

Shortly after, she met George Dijmarescu, a Romanian-American expedition leader. With him, she had two kids, summited Everest together five times between 2001 and 2006, and endured 12 years of a troubled marriage.

Once, she “climbed Everest eight months after giving birth to my first daughter,” she told the BBC in 2016, “and I climbed when I was two months pregnant with my smaller daughter. It was not easy, but I managed all right.”

As Dijmarescu’s wife, she also moved to the U.S., where she still lives after their divorce. She has broken records not only through her ever-increasing number of summits, but also by climbing together with her brother, Mingma Gelu, and sister Ming Kipa.

Lhakpa Sherpa with some of her Guinness Record certificates. After her summit today, she may get an updated one. Photo: Lhakpa Sherpa

 

Lhakpa currently lives as a single mother of three in Hartford, Connecticut. She supports herself and her family by working at the local Whole Foods Market. This spring, she returned to her birthplace with her daughter Shiny, now 15, and her niece Jangmu.

The two girls want to follow in Lhakpa’s footsteps in the mountains. And Lhakpa wants to climb K2 this summer if she can find the necessary funds. She tried once before, in 2010. She seems to be more than ready for the Savage Mountain.

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!


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Hugo Torres
11 days ago

Remarkable!!!

Travis Mattila
Travis Mattila
9 days ago

So cool!

ELISABETH CONSTANTINE
ELISABETH CONSTANTINE
7 days ago

What a great achievement congratulations 🎉

John Brewer
John Brewer
3 days ago

innncredible!!