The ‘Climbing the Seven Summits’ team have paid tribute to Pemba Tashi Sherpa in this statement:
“It is with the deepest regret and profound sorrow that we inform you of the passing of Pemba Tashi Sherpa (28) from Siluchung Gaupalika, Ward No-5, Shankhuwasabha District, on 18th of May 2021.
“Pemba Tashi Sherpa fell into a crevasse between Camp 1 & 2 on Everest. Despite the best efforts of the rescue team, who were on site shortly after the incident and were able to raise him from the crevasse, he was unable to be saved.
“Over the past day, CTSS have been working closely with his family, including his 2 brothers who are here on Everest with us. We were able to bring him off the mountain yesterday and he has been taken to his family by helicopter today.
“He is survived by his wife Lhakpa Kippa Sherpa, his young daughters Nyima Yangi (5) Lhakpa Khandu (2) and his son, Pasang Dawa (3).
“Pemba Tashi was an extremely experienced mountaineer and a valued member of our team with 4x Everest summits, including one just last week on May 12th.
“Beyond the insurance in place, CTSS will also be contributing to the children’s on-going education in addition to launching a special initiative through our Not-For-Profit Tiger of the Snows Fund for any members of our broader community who wish to rally further support for his family for the years to come.
“If you would also like to be part of that support we invite you to do so via Tiger of the Snows Fund where 100% of the monies raised will be invested into an education fund for Pemba Tashi’s children.
“We would also like to recognise the great work of The Juniper Fund who have also committed to assist the family by covering living costs for the next 5 years as they move through this unimaginably difficult time.
“We are profoundly saddened by the loss of this strong, vibrant, extremely competent, gregarious and much loved member of our CTSS Family.
“Our condolences and hearts are with his wife, children family, friends and climbing compatriots.”