Ang Rita Sherpa, famous as Snow Leopard, passes away at 72

Clay Curtis
September 23, 2020

His daughter, Dolma Lhamo, stated he died in his sleep Monday in their house on the outskirts of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.

Ang Rita, one of the very first Sherpa guides to get worldwide fame because of his achievements, had suffered from health problems for several years and hadn't climbed any mountains considering placing the Everest album in 1996.

All the ascents to the 8,850-m.

"He was as active as snow leopards on the mountains and it was unique", Ang Teshring Sherpa, his colleague and an ex-president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, was quoted as saying.

Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has expressed his condolences over the death of the legendary mountaineer Ang Rita Sherpa. Sherpa lately was suffering from brain and liver problems.

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Since then many climbers have surpassed Ang Rita's record, with one member of the community setting a record of 24 climbs.

Born in the mountain village of Yillajung in eastern Nepal in 1948, Ang Rita was 15 years old when he first started working as a porter. They carry equipment and supplies and dig paths in the snow and ice to help their clients get to the summit, usually with little recognition.

The body will be placed at a Sherpa Gomba, or holy site, in Kathmandu, and cremated on Wednesday according to sherpa tradition, he said.

Ang Rita, a legendary climber who holds the record for the highest number of summits on Everest without supplemental oxygen, has died at age 72.

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