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Release of Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa's Autobiography Himbu

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Release of Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa Autobiography Himbu

Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa's Autobiography "Himbu" Marks a New Milestone in Literature and Inspiration

Kathmandu, February 26, 2024 - The tourism and aviation sectors, along with mountaineering enthusiasts, are abuzz with the release of Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa's autobiography, "Himbu". The chairman of the Yeti Group and a renowned mountaineer, Sherpa's life story was unveiled to the public on Sunday, February 25, 2024, at a well-attended event in Chhaya Center, Thamel.

The autobiography not only charts Sherpa's illustrious journey in mountaineering, having scaled the highest peaks across all seven continents, but also his substantial contributions to the tourism industry over the last five decades. From his early days in Kathmandu, moving from Pangom village in Solukhumbu, Sherpa's narrative weaves through the evolution of Nepal's political landscape, from the panchayat system to the current republic setup, and his entrepreneurial ventures in establishing hotels, resorts, and airlines, including the well-known Yeti and Tara Airlines.

The book launch was graced by several dignitaries and notable figures from the mountaineering and tourism sectors. Among them were Kancha Sherpa, the last living member of the 1953 Everest expedition team, Sonam Galgen Sherpa, a member of the National Assembly, and Dawa Yangzum Sherpa, Asia's first female international mountain guide. Their attendance highlighted the wide-reaching impact of Lhakpa Sonam's career and the respect he commands within these communities.

"Himbu" also delves into personal stories, including Sherpa's relationship with his wife and the first female climber of Mt. Everest, Pasang Lhamu, offering readers a glimpse into the personal sacrifices and commitments behind his public achievements. Published by SAS Trust, the autobiography is expected to inspire not only aspiring mountaineers but also entrepreneurs and individuals from all walks of life, showcasing the possibilities of success through perseverance and dedication.

With "Himbu", Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa adds another peak to his already impressive career, this time in the realm of literature, offering a compelling narrative that promises to engage, enlighten, and inspire readers globally.

Key Points of Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa's Autobiography "Himbu"

  • Autobiography Release: "Himbu," authored by Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa, a notable figure in tourism and mountaineering, is released, published by SAS Trust.
  • Early Life: Originating from Pangom village, Solukhumbu, Sherpa embarked on his tourism career at 13 as a mess boy, marking the start of a 50-year journey in the sector.
  • Entrepreneurial Journey: His ventures span across trekking, hotels, and airlines, detailing his initial struggles, including running away at 13 to Kathmandu and his first international experience in France.
  • Business Achievements: Founded Thamserku Trekking Company, awarded Best Company by the Ministry of Tourism for 16 years. Established Yeti Airlines with financial help from a French friend after facing loan rejections in Nepal.
  • Personal Losses: Reflects on the loss of his elder brother on Manaslu Mountain in 1972 and the deaths of Angchiring Sherpa and Tendi Sherpa in a helicopter crash.
  • Media Shyness: Shares similarities with Angchiring, highlighting their preference for staying out of the media spotlight.
  • Critique of Government: Expresses concern over insufficient government investment in the Khumbu region.
  • Contribution to Remote Areas: Notes Tara Air's operations in the Karnali region, despite financial losses, underlining commitment to serving local communities.
  • Cultural Concerns: Discusses the risks to Sherpa culture, advocating for the preservation of ancient traditions.
  • Political Foray: Recounts the short-lived establishment of the Green Party, hindered by the departure of initial supporters.
  • Mountaineering Feats: Chronicles his climbs, including the Seven Summit Expedition after turning 60.
  • Future Plans: Announces a shift towards social service at 65, through SAS Trust, founded with his wife Anita Sherpa, aiming to support Nepal's remote areas with proceeds from "Himbu."