Meet the Trek Team

US Sherpa would not be where it is today without the support and help of our great partners and friends. All of us at US Sherpa: the family business partners in Nepal, the incredible and hardworking trekking staff, the trekking lodge owners, and all of our Nepalese craftsmen and craftswomen, would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has trusted and invested in this company.  As we continue to build our brand, products, and services, we hope that all of you will remain with us and look for the positive growth in the future. 
  • Ongyel Sherpa

    Over the years, Ongyel Sherpa has taken 20 international trips to his home country, Nepal, to promote US Sherpa’s story, products, as well as tourism in Nepal. He has led and overcome some incredible treks including:  
    - Pangboche(13,074’ El.) Trek in 2005
    - Thorung La(17,769’ El.)/Mustang(13,200’ El.) trek in 2007
    - Kala patthar Everest(18,519 El.) Trek in 2009
    - Everest Base Camp(17,598 El.) Trek in 2010
    - Annapurna Manang(26,545’ El.) Trek in 2012
    - Everest Base Camp & Kala Patthar Trek in May 2013
    - Fredericksburg sister-city Poon Hill(10,531’ El.) Trek 2017
    - Upper Mustang Trek in 2015
    - Annapurna Base Camp(13,550’ El.) Trek in 2017
    - Chitlang Trek 2018, Two week UVM Everest Trek 2019
    - Mardi Himal(18,330’ El.) Trek 2020
    - Poon Hill Trek 2021.
    Ongyel has arranged trips, tours, and housing for over 300 American Clients through being a guide for Nima & Neema Treks, as well as a former guide for the Himalayan Sherpa Adventure(1996-1998). In addition to his treks in Nepal, Ongyel has hiked and climbed Vermont's Green Mountains, New Hampshire’s White Mountains, ​the Adirondacks, and the Red ​Rocks in Nevada and Utah. Ongyel has a love and passion for the outdoors, and spends his free time skiing, running, biking, fishing, and camping.
  • Nima Doma Sherpa

    Nima Doma Sherpa is a US Sherpa  guide and brand ambassador.  Born and raised in Khumjung village (12,300ft) in the remote Everest region of Nepal she became a widow after losing her husband Chhiring Ongchu Sherpa (cousin to US Sherpa founder) in a climbing accident on Mt. Everest in 2014. Nima Doma became a sole breadwinner and caregiver for her two young children. Both, Nima Doma and Fur Diki Sherpa, set out to start the Two Widows Everest Project in 2018 and climb Everest in  spring 2019.  Their goal was to honor their husbands dream of summiting Mt Everest, break the social barriers, discrimination that happens among the widows, and empower other widows who face similar discriminations. 

    Nima Doma and Fur Diki successfully summited Mt. Everest (29,035ft) in 2019 and became the 1st Nepali Sherpa widow to successfully climb Everest in the world.  They have become excellent role models for many women and widows who have been discriminated against, demonstrating that with great courage, strength, and hard work, anyone can successfully reach their dreams. 
    Other incredible summits by Nima Doma:
    - Mt. Ama Dablam (22,349ft)
    - Chulu East (21,601ft)
    - Island Peak (20,305ft)
    Currently living with her 13 years old son and 11 years old daughter in Kathmandu, Doma regularly visits her village in Khumjung when not guiding around the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal. To learn more about Nima Doma Sherpa, check out these features!
  • Nima T Sherpa

     Nima T Sherpa has been a veteran Sherpa Guide for over thirty years. In his year of experience in trekking and mountaineering Nima T Sherpa has organized close to 100 trekking expeditions and over 2 dozen successful ascents. He grew up as a yak herder in the Khumbu/Everest region, and began his trekking career as a porter. After portaging he was promoted to Kitchen staff and sherpa guide, cook, sirdar/head sherpa manager of a trekking agency. After that worked as a professional cook for ​Late Sir Edmund Hillary.
  • Tenzing Sherpa & Dadoma Sherpa

    Dadoma Sherpa(left) is the head of office, ticket and lodging manager. Fluent in French, she worked with French Embassy in Nepal for ten years. Her trekked region includes
    - Khumbu/Everest, around Kathmandu valley and Annapurna Mustang
    - Chitwan, Shivapuri & Bardiya National Parks
    Her traveled countries include: United States, France, Belgium, England, Switzerland.
    Tenzing Sherpa(right) is a Sherpa Sirdar/Guide and Logistics manager. Formerly a World Wild Life Staff with ten years of experience and a part of the Sherpa Sirdar for Sherpa Society Trekking Agency. He now has accumulated twenty years of trekking experience, excellent knowledge in Nepalese wildlife and has traveled to all different National parks in Nepal such as Bardiya, ​Chitwan, Shivapuri, Sagarmatha, Langtang and conservation areas. Dadoma Sherpa has superb knowledge in Sherpa culture, Buddhism as well. Some of his treks successes include:
    - Everest
    - Annapurna
    - Langtang
    - Dolpa  & Manasalu
    - Head sherpa guide on a recent May 2012 expedition to Lobuche Peak
    His traveled countries include: United States, France, England, Switzerland, India, Bhutan & Tibet.

    Lakpa Chering Sherpa is Sirdar/head sherpa guide & trekking organizer. He has over twenty years of experience in trekking and mountaineering traveling all over Nepal. Successful summits include:
    - Everest summit in Spring 2009
    He is also fluent in Japanese & German, has passion in football/soccer and a current life time member of the Himalayan Sherpa Club. Currently living with his wife and two children.
    His traveled countries: Japan, Germany, United States, and Tibet.
  • Passang Sherpa

    Passang Sherpa is a US Sherpatrek guide and managing director of Sherpa Altitude Adventure and Expedition Pvt Ltd. He has been trekking for well over 20 years and some of his summit successes include:
    - 5/19/2003 Everest summit
    - 9/27/2004 Cho you summit
    - 5/17/2005 Everest summit
    - 5/16/2006 Everest summit
    - 5/21/2009 Everest summit
    - 1/10/2010 Manaslu summit
    - 5/20/2011 Everest summit

    Kumar Katuwal is a sherpa guide who has trekked all over Nepal and has over fifteen years of trekking experience.  Kumar works as a full-time guide, and occasionally as a porter, who is also skilled in trek cooking. He currently lives with his wife and two children.
  • Nima Tashi Sherpa

    Nima Tashi Sherpa is a senior climbing guide and head Sherpa Sirdar, Manager. He is a current lodge owner, where he tend to yaks in Pangboche village (13,100ft). His summit successes include
    - Ten Everest Summits
    - Amadablam, Mera, Island, Lobuche, Lhotshe,
    The majority of his Everest trips were with the top American climbers in big projects like NASA, 50th Everest Anniversary climb, 1988 America Expedition 1990 American Everest/Lhotse Expedition. He appears/ is mentioned in various books and videos (Blind Corners, Doctor on Everest, National Geographic video “Surviving Everest”)
    His traveled countries include: the United States, India, and Tibet.
  • Mrs. Pemba Phuti Sherpa

    ​Pemba Phuti Sherpa is an artist and skilled in wool knitter and sewer. She grew up as a farm worker in the remote village of Khumjung. Then gaining experience as a sherpa porter, and kitchen/ expedition staff, she built a vast knowledge in Sherpa arts, culture, and Buddhism
    Her traveled countries include: United States, France, Switzerland, and India.
  • Tashi Thundu Sherpa

    Tashi Thundu Sherpa is the manager and sherpa tour guide. His trekked region includes:
    - Everest
    - Annapurna
    -Kathmandu valley.
    He also has experience as a Nepalese musician and has traveled all over Nepal, South Korea, Sikkim/India, Belgium, France, Canada, and the United States. He is currently the owner of Himalayan Food Marketin Burlington, Vermont, which has received great reviews.


    Sukra Ram tamang is a sherpa guide. He is a great cook and has about twenty years of trekking experience in Nepal and India.  Surka currently works as a full-time guide, and lives with his family: wife and three children.