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New Everest Speed Record upheld


The speed record of 26-year-old Pemba Dorje Sherpa is upheld as expected. The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Thursday formally approved  the record of Pemba at as the fastest Everest climber as 8 hours and 10 minutes on May 21, 2004. The 7 member committee was formed to look into the dispute by Lakpa Gelu Sherpa who previously held the record. 

The ruling was expected by EverestNews.com, in that the "word from the mountain" was that he had did it. Secondly EverestNews.com worked with the committee to obtain several photographs of the summit for them; while they would not confirm nor comment on what they were looking for; what they asked for appeared in the photographs...

Earlier update and background

Lakpa Gelu Sherpa, who previously held the speed record on Everest has challenged Pemba Dorjee Sherpa new speed record on Everest. If this sounds familiar, last year Pemba Dorjee Sherpa set the speed record, then Lakpa Gelu Sherpa broke Pemba Dorjee Sherpa speed record. Pemba Dorjee Sherpa then challenged Lakpa Gelu Sherpa time. Lakpa Gelu Sherpa record held up... Pemba Dorjee Sherpa record is expected also to hold up... Guys, have you ever heard of K2?

Background for 2004

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has the pleasure to release this news that Mr. Pemba Dorjee Sherpa (27 yrs), a High Altitude Sherpa of "Dream Everest Expedition 2004" from Gaurishankar - 1, Dolakha, Nepal has been successful to summit Mt. Sagarmatha (Everest), the highest (8848 m.) peak of the World, by setting a new world record of fastest climbing. He completed the distance from Sagarmatha Base Camp to the summit in 8 hours and 10 minutes by starting at 6 P.M. on 20th May 2004 and reaching the summit at 02.10 A.M. on 21st May 2004.

The previous world record was 10 hours 56 minutes and 46 seconds set by Mr. Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa (36 yrs) Climbing Sirdar from Solukhumbu on 25th May 2003.

Mr. Pemba Dorjee Sherpa, a High Altitude Sherpa of ten members "Dream Everest Expedition 2004" Team was permitted to climb Mt. Everest from South East Ridge for the period of seventy-five days from 25th March 2004 under the leadership of Mr. Robert Huygh, Ternat, Belgium. The handling agency of this Expedition Team is Asian Trekking P. Ltd., Kathmandu, Nepal.

 

 
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