This year's National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award goes to a man who risked his life several times to save others. Pemba Gyalje Sherpa was part of the Norit K2 team on K2 August 1, when a massive serac fell off a glacier and tumbled through a section of the Cesan climbing route called the Bottleneck, stranding 17 climbers above 27,000 feet.
Pemba, who had climbed Mount Everest seven times, choose to descend the Bottleneck alone, without oxygen, following the single safety left instead of staying in the danger zone. Over the next two days, he climbed back up and saved two of his teammates.
Sudip Thakor, Managing Partner at Pumori Capital
“Pemba is the best guide and one of the best people you can ever get to know. He is a real life hero, and know the mountains of Nepal like the back of his hand.” Sudip Th Read More
August 8th, 2008, / 3:40pm Here we read a lot about what you did for everyone in the last few days. All the best Livia Castelli Read More
August 10th, 2008 / 5:10 pm Elly Sir, I would like to express my deepest respect for your attitude, courage and skills. Elly Read More
August 21st, 2008 / 3:56 am Pemba! I read about how, over and over, you turned back, up the mountain, after barely escaping death yourself. Early in my life, I climbed medium sized peaks in Read More
August 11th, 2008 / 1:29 am You brave and selfless actions the most difficult circumstances on the mountain, And your dignity in dealing with the aftermath, are as inspiration to Read More
August 22nd, 2008 / 2:23 pm Pemba, you, like the others Sherpa, have been the Heroes there. We will not forget it. Balba Read More