This is to inform of the sad demise of Khumbu Ice fall Doctor
Ang Nima Sherpa who was one of the oldest serving sherpa for the Mt.Everest -
Khumbu Ice fall doctors. He died in his home village of Pangboche on the 25th
January 2013 at 6:30 pm at the age of 59.
The 'Icefall Doctors' are sherpas who set and maintain the safest path through
the Icefall by laying down a series of ladders across the crevasses.
The Icefall doctors are an integral part of every successful expedition to Mt.
Everest, Lhotse and Mt. Nuptse. Every year , each climbing season, they stay
on the mountain maintaining the route and making sure that the ladders and
ropes remain in place to ensure safety of the climbers.
It is an extremely dangerous job with hazards like avalanches, moving glaciers
and tumbling seracs threatening them everyday. Hundreds of climbers rely on
the ropes and ladders (used for crossing large crevasses) that these men set
and would be unable to climb Mount Everest without their help.
My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of late Mr.Ang Nima Sherpa
and pray to God for the eternal peace of the departed soul.
Ang Tshering Sherpa
UIAA (International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation)