|Ang Gyalzen Sherpa
At age 90, Gyalzen Sherpa is the only surviving Sherpa from Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay’s historic first summit of Everest in 1953. He is also Sherpa Adventure Gear founder Tashi Sherpa’s uncle, and the inspiration for our company. When he was a child, Gyalzen did not grow up thinking of climbing the great peaks surrounding his home. Life in a small Himalayan mountain town was frugal at best. And he spent his time herding yaks and gathering firewood. “People were very poor. There were few houses. Most Sherpas from Kunde, Khumjung, Pangboche, Thame, everyone, worked as coolies transporting loads for the few rich traders that lived here. The expeditions changed that,” Gyalzen recalls.