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Pasang Dawa Lama

Pasang Dawa Lama (1912 – September 15, 1982) was a Sherpa Nepalese mountaineer, sirdar, and high-altitude porter. Pasang is considered to be one of the greatest Sherpa mountaineers of the 20th century.[1]

In 1939, Pasang participated in the expedition to K2 lead by Fritz Wiessner. The two men came very close to reaching the summit, until the superstitious Pasang asked not to continue climbing as night had fallen. The pair were unable to return for a second attempt.[2]

In 1954, along with Herbert Tichy and Sepp Jöchler, Pasang made the first ascent of Cho Oyu.[3]

In 1956, Pasang was sirdar for the 1956 Swiss expedition to Everest and Lhotse, that made the first successful ascent of Lhotse, and the second and third ascents of Everest.[4]

Pasang is said to have run naked through his village before diving into ice water, a celebration of his having had sexual relations with one hundred women.[5]

References

  1. ^ 1931-, Kohli, M. S., (2003). Sherpas, the Himalayan legends : including the untold story of Phu Dorje, the first Nepalese to climb Sagarmatha. New Delhi: UBS Publishers' Distributors. ISBN 8174764496. OCLC 52929286.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  2. ^ Jim., Curran, (1988). K2, triumph and tragedy. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. pp. 84–5. ISBN 0395485908. OCLC 18560395.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  3. ^ Tichy, Herbert (1957). Cho Oyu, by favour of the gods. Methuen.
  4. ^ "THE SWISS EXPEDITION TO EVEREST AND LHOTSE, 1956 : Himalayan Journal vol.20/1". www.himalayanclub.org. Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  5. ^ Desai, Shail (2016-12-23). "The coolies who conquered mighty mountains". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 2018-01-04.



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