Pem Dorjee Sherpa was born in 1982 in a small, remote village called Chyangba, Solukhumbu. He has been trekking and climbing in the Himalayas for most of his life. He has climbed Mt. Everest twice, the second time with his girlfriend, Moni Mulepati. On the summit, they followed through on a plan they had kept secret from their parents and became the first couple to be married on the summit of Mt. Everest. On that climb, they hoisted the flag of Rotary International in honor of its centennial year. Here is an article about that climb: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4605711.stm
In addition to his mountaineering achievements, Pem has demonstrated an admirable commitment to improving the quality of life in his home village of Chayangba. He has organized many service projects to provide medical care for the villagers and to build a library and a school. He as also worked to bring smokeless stoves and clean drinking water to his village.
Pem is certified as a Trekking and Mountaineering Guide by the Nepal government. He is also an active member of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), American Alpine Club, Nepal Mountaineering Association and Everest Summiteers Association.
He also hiked the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, 3,100 miles, from Mexico to Canada.
Pem now lives with his wife Moni and daughters, Pelzom and Mezel, in Ann Arbor, MI. He is the owner of a local fair-trade retail store, The Himalayan Bazaar and Imperial Expedition at 218 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104.
- Trekking Guide, training by Nepal government
- Basic Climbing, training by Nepal Mountaineering Association
- Advanced Climbing, training by Nepal Mountaineering Association
- First Aid, training by Kathmandu Environmental Education Project
- Mountain Photography and Videography Training
- Summited Mt. Everest – Nepal, 29,035 ft, 2004 and 2005 (2 times)
- Summited Yala Peak – Nepal, 17,052 ft, 2003 (2 times)
- Summited Island Peak – Nepal, 19,840 ft, 2002 – 2007 (7 times)
- Summited Chulu East Peak – Nepal, 21,089 ft, 2003 (2 times)
- Summited Lobuche Peak – Nepal, 20,075 ft, 2008 (5 times)
- Hiked the Continental Divide Trail – 2007-2008 from Mexico to Canada, 3,100 miles
Awards and Achievements:
- Paul Harris Fellow 2005
- Awarded by Rotary International
- Civic Felicitation 2005
- Awarded by Everest Tolsudear Committee
- National Golden Civic Award 2005
- Awarded by the Civil Society of Nepal
- Civic Felicitation 2005
- Awarded by Bhaktapur Municipality, Nepal
- Best Rotaract Award 2005
- Awarded by Rotaract Club of New Road City
- Mt. Everest Award 2006
- Awarded by Everest Summiteers Association