Ang Dorjee Sherpa
International Mountain Guide
Ang Dorjee Sherpa, grew up amongst Himalayan climbers. His father Nima Tenzing Sherpa climbed with British mountaineer Chris Bonington in the 1970s and 80s. At age 12, Ang Dorjee followed in his father’s footsteps, beginning as a porter.
Ang Dorjee has moved on to achieve 22 summits of Everest and 27 ascents of 8,000m peaks!
Born in 1970 in Pangboche, Nepal, Ang Dorjee Sherpa, grew up amongst Himalayan climbers. His father Nima Tenzing Sherpa climbed with British mountaineer Chris Bonington in the 1970s and 80s. At age 12, Ang Dorjee followed in his father’s footsteps, beginning as a porter.
With assistance from Western clients impressed by his work ethic, Ang Dorjee attended private school in Nepal while continuing his mountaineering work with several expeditions in the Everest region.
In 2002, Ang Dorjee immigrated to the United States where he now lives and when he is not leading clients in the Himalayas, he has worked as a wind turbine mechanic on the wind farms near his Idaho home.
Summiting Everest initially with Adventure Consultants in 1992, Ang Dorjee has moved on to achieve 22 summits of Everest and 27 ascents of 8,000m peaks! His skills as a climber are legendary. Frequently we consult his mountain acumen to ensure the smooth operation of an expedition.
- Summitted 22 times!
- 27 summits!
Q & A
Most memorable climbing experiences?
One year on Ama Dablam I was on the summit and was able to look down through binoculars and see my father in our yard in Pangboche.
Outside of climbing how do you like to spend your time?
Biking with my children.
- Everest (8,850m/29,035ft)
- Summits: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2000 (x2) 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2023
- Guide: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021
- Climbing Sirdar: 1993 until 2007
- Climbing Sherpa: 1992
- Aconcagua (6,962m/22,841ft) - Assistant Guide 2002 & 2005, Lead Guide 2008, Lead Guide 2022/23 (3 summits)
- Kilimanjaro (5,895m/19,340ft) - Lead Guide 2008
- Cho Oyu (8,188m/26,863ft) - 5 expeditions, 3 summits (1995, 1996, 1997)
- Broad Peak (8,051m/26,414ft) - Summit 1995
- Gasherbrum 2 (8,035m/26,361ft) - Summit 1997
- Three Peaks of Nepal (summits of Lobuche East 6,119m/20,075ft, Pokalde 5,500m/18,045ft and Island Peak 6,189m/20,305ft) - Lead Guide 2019
- Two Peaks of Nepal (Lobuche 6,119m/20,075ft, no summit and Island Peak, summit) - Lead Guide 2019
- Khumbu Trek - Lead Guide 2012
- Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft) - Lead Guide 2009, 2018
- Ama Dablam (6,828m/22,401ft) - Via the Southwest Ridge 1996
- Mount Rainier (4,392m/14,410ft)
- WFR Avalanche Rescue Training
Ang Dorjee's Testimonials
"I had the honor of summitting Everest with Ang Dorjee in 2019—his 20th summit! His spiritual connection to the mountains, and the prayers he'd chant while we moved through the icefall, made the experience feel even more sacred. He's a phenomenal storyteller and was a blast to share a tent with—and quite the rah-rah noodle chef! More than anything, I appreciated how Ang Dorjee took the time to teach me, at every opportunity, how to improve my technical skills as we progressed through our rotations. I'm a better mountaineer because of him, and would climb with him again in a heartbeat."
Sophie Hilaire, USA, Everest 2019
"A true legend of Everest! Ang Dorjee is extremely caring, super strong, and knows everything about Everest and the Himalayas. Do not miss out on asking him anything you ever wanted to know. Listening to his stories at base camp is already worth the trip. Ang Dorjee is great fun, highly experienced, and he will get you anywhere and back down again. Summited Everest with him in 2019 and would do so again any time!"
Roman Tschupp, Switzerland, Everest 2019
"I don’t think we could have had a better guide during a trek through the Khumbu Valley than Ang Dorjee Sherpa. We had a great time and will treasure the many memories we brought home from Nepal."
Idaho Statesman - This Boise man just climbed Everest for the 20th time. He's never seen it so busy
13 June 2019 - In recent weeks, crowds of climbers attempting to conquer Mount Everest have made international headlines as several people died in “traffic jams” atop the tallest peak in the world. Ang Dorjee Sherpa, a Boise resident, was there.