Pasang Dawa Lama

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Pasang Dawa Lama (1912 – September 15, 1982) was a Sherpa Nepalese mountaineer, sirdar. Pasang is considered to be one of the greatest Sherpa mountaineers of the 20th century.[1]

In 1939, Pasang participated in the expedition to K2 lead by Fritz Wiessner. The two men came very close to reaching the summit, until the superstitious Pasang asked not to continue climbing as night had fallen. The pair were unable to return for a second attempt.[2]

In 1954, along with Herbert Tichy and , Pasang made the first ascent of Cho Oyu.[3]

In 1956, Pasang was sirdar for the 1956 Swiss expedition to Everest and Lhotse, that made the first successful ascent of Lhotse, and the second and third ascents of Everest.[4]


  1. ^ 1931-, Kohli, M. S. (2003). Sherpas, the Himalayan legends : including the untold story of Phu Dorje, the first Nepalese to climb Sagarmatha. New Delhi: UBS Publishers' Distributors. ISBN 8174764496. OCLC 52929286.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Jim., Curran (1988). K2, triumph and tragedy. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. pp. 84–5. ISBN 0395485908. OCLC 18560395.
  3. ^ Tichy, Herbert (1957). Cho Oyu, by favour of the gods. Methuen.
  4. ^ "THE SWISS EXPEDITION TO EVEREST AND LHOTSE, 1956 : Himalayan Journal vol.20/1". Retrieved 2018-01-07.

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