Loppsang Temba Sherpa, from Khumjung, has worked for Himalayan Experience on 32 expeditions over 15 years. The 41-year old has climbed to the summit of Everest eight times (seven times from the north side in Tibet and once from the south side) and  has three children – two daughters and one son.

What do you like about working for Himalayan Experience?

“Our equipment, wages, food, and clothes are very good and Russell looks after us very well. Russell is my boss but he is also a good friend.

I used to be the Sirdar for Himalayan Experience but Phurba Tashi is now the Sirdar and I am the second boss – we work well together and I am very to work like this.

What did you do before you joined Himalayan Experience all these years ago?

Before I worked for Himalayan Experience, I worked for Asian Trekking as a trekking guide for 11 years.

What does Everest mean to you?

It is still spiritual to me and every time I get to the summit I feel good and proud. Of course, it is work for me, but it is also a great experience.

What do you do when you don’t work for Himalayan Experience?

I work for Himalayan Experience for about four months per year. The rest of the time I spend time with my family and I go to Gstaad in Switzerland for two months to prepare the ski slopes for the winter season”.