Kathmandu: Yeti group chairman and veteran tourism entrepreneur Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa scaled Mount Everest, the world's highest peak.
According to Thamserku Trekking expedition company, he reached summit this morning at 7:30 am and is now returning to Everest Base Camp. This achievement marks his completion of the ‘real seven summits', making him the first Nepali to accomplish this feat.
Prior to Everest, Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa climbed Aconcagua (6,962m) in Argentina, Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895m) in Africa, Mount Elbrus (5,642m) in Russia, Mount Vinson (4,892m) in Antarctica, Puncak Jaya (Mount Carstensz) (4,884m) in Oceania, Mount Denali (6,190m) in North America.
He has also conquered Mount Annapurna-I (1985), Mount Dhaulagiri (1986), Mount Thamserku (1987) in Nepal. It was after ascending Mount Thamserku he decided to establish a company named after the mountain.
Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa is the founder, Chairman of Thamserku Trekking and Executive Chairman of Yeti Airlines, Managing Director of Yeti Mountain Home, Deluxe mountain lodges in the Everest region and Ker and Downey, comfort lodges in Annapurna region.
He is widely recognized as one of Nepal's most successful and influential entrepreneurs in the tourism industry today. Over the years, his organization has also received numerous awards and experienced substantial growth. It has been 30 years since the passing of his late wife, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa who scaled Mt Everest becoming the first Nepali woman to stand atop the world's highest peak but lost her life on the mountain during the descent.