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Pemba Sherpa grew up in the Everest region of Nepal, in a picturesque hillside village of stone houses called Sewangma. As a child, Pemba lived without the modern-day conveniences of electricity, plumbing, running water or roads. At 16, he began working in the Himalayan tourism industry, as a professional mountain guide . After several years of full time guiding, he developed a curiosity for the West, which he finally satisfied with a visit to the US in 1991. After seeing the mountains of Colorado, Pemba found his home away from home and has lived here ever since. In an effort to reestablish contact with his home country, he started an adventure guiding company, Sherpa Ascent International (SAI). Since 1991, Pemba has returned to Nepal for trekking, climbing (he has been to 20,000 ft + over 25 times), and volunteer service over 20 times. He has had the pleasure of guiding over 400 visitors in his beloved "Himalayan Kingdom". Pemba avidly supports the building of schools, bridges, setting up medical clinics, and giving of scholarships to better the lives of Sherpa children.

Founded by Pemba in 1994, Sherpa Ascent International has led numerous annual trips ranging from major expeditions climbs, treks & mountain biking adventures in the Himalayas to excursions and instructive classes in the mountains of the US. Sherpa Ascent aims to introduce not only the obvious physical beauty of Nepal, but its spiritual & cultural treasurers as well. Pemba continues to share his homeland (as well as other exotic locations) with others, if you are looking for an adventure feel free to pick up a brochure in our library or contact him here.