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17 Year Old Nima Rinji Sherpa, Youngest Climber to Conquer Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse

The 17-year-old Nepali teen, Nima Rinji Sherpa has created a history as the youngest climber to scale Mt. Everest (8,888.86m) and Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m). Within the duration of just 10 hours, Nima Rinji submitted both mountain ranges, Mt. Everest at 2:30 am and Mt. Lhotse at 11:50 am.

The officials at the base camp, the Department of Tourism confirmed the remarkable achievement on 24th May 2023. The teen Sherpa climber to accomplish such a great feast took the credit for settings two world-record, ‘Youngest Climber to scale Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse.

Legacy of Records

The 17 years and 35 days old young expeditioner has been making world records since he was 16 years old. On Friday, 30th September 2022, Nima Rinji Sherpa made the world record for becoming the youngest climber to scale Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), the eighth-tallest mountain in the world.

Climbing with the Seven Summit Treks and 14 Peaks Expedition, Nima Rinji Sherpa made the world record as the youngest pioneer to conquer Mt. Mansalu at the age of 16 years, 5 months, and 12 days.

The Seven Summit Treks made an official statement in September 2022 on the accomplishment of the young Sherpa. Nima Rinji reached the top of the summit of Manaslu at 9:20 am on Friday morning along with other 7 climbers.


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The team of 8 in the Seven Summit expedition consisted of other climbers: Naoka Watanabe, Ahmad M. Saleh including the Nepali climbers Tenzing Sherpa, Manish Maharjan, Nurbu Sherpa, Pemba Thinduk Sherpa, and Lapka Sherpa.

Nima Rinji’s father, Tashi Lakpa Sherpa, who has climbed Mt. Everest 8 times, including the scaling of other massifs, congratulated the young teen for scaling his first eight-thousander.

Now, after scaling both Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse, the youngest climber has set two more world records.

Nima Rinji Sherpa- In Footsteps of Father

The youngest mountain climbing world record holder hails from Sankhuwasabha. The beautiful civilization is famous for its natural hiking trails and as the home of the tallest mountain in the world Mt. Makalu (8,481 m).

Growing up watching his mountaineer father, Nima Rinji was able to unlock his passion and devotion for the glorious Himalayas. His father, Tashi Lakpa Sherpa is the owner of the 14 Peaks Expedition, a sister company of Seven Summit Treks.

Tashi Lapka is also the Guinness World Record holder for ‘The youngest person to climb Everest without the use of any supplementary oxygen’. Nima Rinji Sherpa’s father made history in 2005 as the youngest climber to scale the tallest mountain in the world without the use of supplementary oxygen at the age of just 19.

Nima Rinji Sherpa In Footsteps of Father
Nima Rinji Sherpa In Footsteps of Father (Source: Tashi Lakpa’s Instagram)

Growing up in the remote village, Nurbuychour at the foothills of Mt. Makalu, the high and mid-mountainous belt of the Koshi zone. Tashi Lakpa spent his childhood and earlier life grazing the yaks, sheep, and goats on the high ground.

After leaving his village at the age of 16 for the capital, Lakpa took wall climbing and rock climbing classes. In 2004, the youngest climber to scale Everest without oxygen record-holder climbed to the summit of the world as his first mountain climb and also the first eight-thousanders.

His father, Tashi Lakpa Sherpa is currently on a mission to all the seven highest peaks of the seven continents also known as the ‘Seven Summits’. And, in the journey for the conquest of the tallest snowy peak around the globe, Lapka has already scaled the peaks like Mt. Everest in Asia, Mt. Denali in North America, Mt. Elbrus in Europe, and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa.

Continuing the Family Legacy?

Carrying the legacy of his record-holder father, Nima Rinji Sherpa has already engraved his name in mountaineering history. Scaling Mt. Mansalu at 16, Mt. Everest, and Mt. Lhotse at the age of 17 as the youngest climber in history. But, will he continue towards this path and surpass his father’s record?

Tashi Lakpa Sherpa, the youngest person to climb Everest without the use of any supplementary oxygen has conquered 8,000ers, 6,000ers, and 5,000ers. Tashi Lapka has climbed Mt. Everest eight times (2004-2011), Cho You two times (2006 & 2011), Ama Dablam five times (2005-2020), Manasalu (2020) including Elbrus, Denali, Kilimanjaro, and Aconcagua one time.

It is not going to be an easy feat to keep up with the records of the legendary father but the aspiring young teen is just getting started. Nima Rinji Sherpa is currently enrolled for an undergraduate degree in Kathmandu.


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