“To see what others cannot… You must climb the mountain.”
― Ron Akers
Climbing Mount Everest is a dream that many mountaineers behold. Sangee Dorje, a professional climbing Sherpa Guide has lived this dream and conquered the highest peak not once, but more than 10 times.
Dorje started climbing mountains during the Maoist insurgency in Nepal. The villagers used to trek to mountains as porters and high altitude workers. He started observing the trekking environment since he was a child. So, he was familiar with mountain tourism since his childhood.
“What I am now doing is what I have observed as a child. As a kid, I would watch the towering world’s crown visible from my village. I dreamed to climbed Mt Everest at the age of nice, when I heard about a neighbor’s interview on radio,” he reminiscences.
Dorje was born and raised in Khumjung, Solukhumbu district the heart of Everest Region. His parents were farmers and owned a small hotel for tourists. His whole family is directly involved in tourism business.
There was a small school run by mountaineering legend Sir Edmund Hillary; Sangay got an opportunity to be student of that school. But he couldn’t complete his academic course, because of the poor economic status.
In 2004, at the young age of 22, Dorje started his climbing career. He got an opportunity to trek Everest Base Camp with a Swiss Expedition Team as a porter. From this experience, he learned the tricks of the trade. After working for two years as a porter, Dorje ventured to climb Everest as a Sherpa Guide. After that new doors opened for him. He became a base camp Manager, and Expedition leader. He continually spent 13 years as an Adventure Consultant.
Dorje also climbed Mt Cho Yue 10 times, Mt Amadablam seven times, Dhaulagiri twice, Manaslu 4 times and Makalu once. He has successfully conquered most of the high mountains of the Everest and other regions.
As a trekking guide, he also traveled most of the high Himalayan ranges and high passes. He trekked many times in Tibet, Annapurna Region, Dolpa, Kanchenjunga Region and Langtang. His success in mountaineering proves that he is quite experienced and technically fit climber. The mountain man is also a trained high mountain rescuer. He has expertise in avalanche and other mountainous disasters. With his past experiences he gives first priority of timing and program design. He always follows the basic-to-basic rules and regulations. Mountains can be risky and unpredictable. Therefore is prepared with all his gears and fully aware most of the times.
The mountaineer is also a family man. He has to fulfill his family’s responsibilities and needs and for this he takes risks that comes with this adventurous sports.