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April 23, 2021

Sanu Sherpa’s campaign to keep records without sponsors

Kathmandu. Last week, 67 people, including six women, climbed Annapurna I on the same day.  Annapurna, known as Killer Mountain at an altitude of 8,091 meters, had a record number of people climbing it in one day. For the first time, it was discussed widely when a Nepali woman climbed it.

On the same day, mountaineer Sanu Sherpa was also among the first to climb Annapurna. Many may think that Sanu Sherpa has also climbed. But, no, all the climbers of Annapurna have their own purposes, of which Sanu has a special purpose. The successful ascent of Annapurna has crossed a step towards that goal.

Very simple by nature but expert in mountaineering, Sanu is quietly pursuing his special purpose. His goal is to “climb all 14 of the world’s 8,000 mountains for the second time.” After climbing Annapurna, he is now resting in Pokhara for a few days. After that, it is planned to leave for Dhaulagiri (8167 m). He doesn’t want to stay in Dhaulagiri this season, and then plans to climb Lhotse (8516 m).

“My efforts are on, but there is no sponsor,” Sanu told Highlights Tourism. So far, there is no record of climbing all the mountains above 8,000 meters twice in the world. With Sanu setting that record, the name of Nepal and Nepali mountaineering will be known on the world stage.

At the same time, there is a record of climbing mountain above 8,000meters at the most 30 times so far. If his campaign is successful, that record will also probably be broken.

So far, Sanu has climbed Mt. Everest 7 times, Manslu 3times, Sinsapa in China, Naga Parbat in Pakistan, Gosserbrum I and Broad Peak, and Annapurna I and Chou in Nepal twice. Dhaulagiri, Lhotse and Makalu in Nepal and K2 and Gosserbrum in Pakistan for the second time.

The second ascent of these five mountains is his expedition. He has kissed the peaks of mountains higher than 8,000 meters 28 times in all these climbs. He is the third Nepali to climb all 14 mountains above 8,000 meters.

Sanu was born 45 years ago in 1975 in a remote village of Makalu Municipality of Sankhuwasabha. He did not get formal education, spent his childhood in farming with his parents and entered youth. He left the village at the age of 31 and entered the field of mountaineering in Kathmandu through trekking.

Although his children are studying in Kathmandu, Mrs. Dickey is still living in the village. Sanu came to Kathmandu in 2005 and got a chance to work as a trekking porter. Neither training nor previous experience he had to climb 8188 meters of mountain at once. Although he climbed and faced obstacles, he climbed safely with his climber.

Then his climbing career moved forward. He is still in this profession. He is on a campaign to make the country famous by climbing all the 14 mountains above 8,000 meters for the second time.

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