Sherpa care is a social organization that aims to provide welfare to Sherpas and their families who rely on the tourism trade for their livelihood. Since the 1950s and 1960s sherpas had played a leading role in the climbing and trekking industries respectively, helping to transform Nepal into one of the most attractive destinations for adventure tourism. However the families of these Sherpas who have worked as porters, guides, sirdars and climbers had no provision for receiving any substancial financial assistance in case of an accident which sadly is all too common especially among climbing Sherpas.
Lhakpa Sherpa who is Mingma Gelu’s sister, has summitted Everest seven times and holds the record number of climbs among women climbers.
A mother of three, Lhakpa shuns the limelight that she has every right to enjoy. She along with Mingma Gelu is a founder of the Sherpa Care Foundation and strongly believes in doing what she can for other less fortunate Sherpas.
Brought up with eleven siblings in a Sherpa family, Lhakpa took to the mountains like a lot of her clan do, naturally and by 15 had become a so called ‘kitchen boy’ for a mountaineering company. Among the eight sisters she has been the achiever although other siblings have also climbed Everest. Her big inspiration was Pasang Lhamu, the first Sherpa woman to reach the top of Everest but unfortunately died while climbing down.
Lhakpa had to wait for her chance to climb Everest but she was adamant and determined to reach the summit and make it back alive. Her perseverance paid off and she was finally successful in 2000.
Like some of the greatest climbers, Lhakpa is also drawn to the mountains and she often finds herself dreaming of Everest. She is always thinking of climbing Everest. But she is also thinking of the welfare of her fellow Sherpas.