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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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April 10, 2017

2017 Everest Expedition - Meet the Team

We know many of you are following along and sharing in the excitement of our 2017 Everest Expedition, so we'd like to introduce the team and give you some behind-the-scenes of this year's adventure.

Five accomplished climbers constitute our team, along with guides Oswaldo Friere ("Ossy"), and Jacob Schmitz. We've joined forces with Mountain Trip, our long-time partners on Denali, and we have the best possible combination of a small climbing team plus extensive support and experience behind them.

The 2017 Everest Expedition team at Everest View Hotel in Namche Bazaar. Left to right: Expedition Guide Ossy Freire, Chris Jenta, Terry Kelerer, Jay Martin, Ivan Wademan (top), Chris Hill, Expedition Guide Jacob Schmitz. Jacob Schmitz photo

Of course, a major component of any expedition's success on Everest is the Sherpa team, who are responsible for making sure everything is set and comfortable for the climbers. Our Sherpa climbers have been the same core staff for many years, and most come from the village of Kurima in the Solukhumbu. It's hard to overestimate the amount of hard work these guys are doing right now, in anticipation of the climbers' arrival.


Climbing Sherpa team:

  • DaOngchhu Sherpa
  • Tarke Sherpa
  • Tawa Chhiri Sherpa
  • Pem Ngima Sherpa
  • Ngatemba Sherpa
  • Nyamgel Sherpa
  • Mingmar Sherpa
  • Kaji Sherpa
  • Tendi Sherpa
  • Karma Sherpa


We have an additional group of folks in charge of logistics and support, including management, resupply, and cooking for everyone at Base Camp and Camp 2.


Support and kitchen staff:

  • Sarki Sherpa  (Head Chef and Staff Manager)
  • Mindu Sherpa
  • Lhakpa Tenzi
  • Ang Dawa Sherpa
  • Sarke Sherpa
  • Dagelje Sherpa  (Camp 2 Lead Cook)
  • Mingmar Sherpa
  • Ngawang Goden
  • Dawa Geljen Sherpa (Sirdar and Base Camp Logistics Manager)


This extensive list should give you an idea of the magnitude of effort involved to summit Everest. In addition to the individual effort by each of our climbers, we are awed by the planning, hard work, and experience of all our Sherpa climbers and staff.