Chhiji Nurbu Sherpa is dead

Chhiji Nurbu Sherpa
Chhiji Nurbu Sherpa (1980-2020)

One of the best-known famous Nepalese climbers, Chhiji Nurbu Sherpa, is no longer with us. “We are extremely saddened to express the demise of our managing director”, the company “Highlight Expeditions” announced yesterday on Facebook: “He was one of the top climbers accomplishing 13 out of the 14 x 8000m summits.” The expedition operator did not mention the cause of death. Chhiji Nurbu turned 40 years old. He leaves behind a wife, a son and a daughter.

First eight-thousander success on his home mountain

Chhiji Nurbu was born in 1980 in the region around the eight-thousander Makalu. As a young man he went through the “classic” Sherpa mountaineering career: first porter for expeditions, then Climbing Sherpa and finally Sirdar, head of a Sherpa team. He scaled his first eight-thousander in 2008 at the age of 27: his “home mountain” Makalu. He didn’t use bottled oxygen then, as well as in his next two eight-thousander successes in 2009 and 2010, both on Annapurna.

Five times on Mount Everest

After that, Chhiji Nurbu always used a breathing mask on the eight-thousanders, even on his first ascent of Mount Everest in spring 2011. According to his own account, four more Everest successes followed (in 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017) – although the ascent he indicated in spring 2017 is not listed in the mountaineering chronicle Himalayan Database. Chhiji Nurbu summited K2, the second highest mountain on earth in Pakistan, twice: in 2014 and 2018. Only Shishapangma in Tibet was still missing from the Sherpa’s collection of eight-thousanders.


Twice – in 2017 and 2020 – Chhiji Nurbu Sherpa also belonged to the team of the Spaniard Alex Txikon during his failed winter attempts on Mount Everest. In 2017 Chhiji Nurbu reached an altitude of about 8,000 meters, suffering from frostbite on one of his toes.

On Instagram, Chhiji Nurbu posted a list of his successes on the highest mountains of Nepal in early 2019 – with the comment: “This is my climbing bio-data, my identity! My job! My pride!”

38 Replies to “Chhiji Nurbu Sherpa is dead”

  1. The lord jesus blessed him abundantly on the journey of life & took him home believing eternity realms .

    Amen ?

  2. May his family find comfort in the God of tender mercies, our Creator, who made our beautiful home for us to enjoy and take pleasure in. May he bless all Sherpas for the difficult work they do. My heart is in Nepal with these wonderful people.

  3. Very sad indeed for an accomplished climber. Condolences to his family. May his soul attain Moksha.

  4. ?
    My deepest condolences to the family members of
    Mr.Chhiji Nurbu Sherpa…
    May your soul R.I.P….. ?

  5. Sorry for the loss for his family but according to John 14 :6 Jesus saith I am the way ,the truth & the life no man cometh unto the father but by me. The only way that this man is resting peacefully is if he was under the soul cleansing blood of Jesus Christ other wise he’s burning in hell with budda .i pray that the family he left behind through this loss comes to personally know the TRUE God the only one who can save them from hell Jesus Christ.

  6. Very sad news…
    13 out of 14 eight thousandars, some more than once, not an easy task… Must be a strong soul and mind.

    Rest in peace “Chhiji Nerbu Sherpa” Condolence to his family and friends.

  7. What an inspiration Chhiji Nurbu Sherpa will forever be to the climbing community. My condolences to his family and all his loved ones.

  8. May the mountains you loved hold you high upon the wind and gently let you soar to your Destiny.

  9. My thoughts are with his family. Praying for a swift and perfect human rebirth ?

  10. Re: Ralph D.
    That is what Jesus Said.
    What does All other religions say?
    None of us are separated from God or our essence of life….many think so in their minds(ego).
    Religion is just religion. Your spirit leaves your physical body when it no longer can be supported there. Not the end by any means. You will be back to learn more lessons if continue to have limited judgemental ego!! Start smelling the ? s around you! They help balance our hard learning experiences here!!

  11. Connected to Nepal 20+ years. Involved in supporting several remote village schools. Have high respect for all there. A very gentle and loving people.
    Sherpas are remarkable people that only increase our spiritual beliefs!
    To my friends in Namchee. Thinking about you with the death of one in your great family. ☮️

  12. My condolences for his family. The Sherpas risk thier lives with every climb and helping make safer passage for other climbers and provide them comforts to reach the summit. It must take so much courage and enduerance & they do this to provide for their families.

  13. I wish his climbing friends and others would set up a go fund me fund for his family..
    …com on now,, some one do it for REAL. Not me….I am not a climber …although I would donate if I could.

  14. What a remarkable life and extraordinary man! Condolences to his family and rest in peace.

  15. Very sad to hear this news.
    What a remarkable achievement he has.
    May god give enough strength and will power to over come this challenging times.
    May his soul rest in peace. ? Om Shanti ??

  16. Remarkable,extraordinary, inspirational person…Sherpas are snow angels and have exceptional character and strength..RIP..

  17. Descansa en Paz mi querido amigo Nurbu, mis condolencias para tu esposa y tus pequeños hijos

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