$25 per day
English, Nepali, Bhote (similar to Tibetan), Sherpa, and Hindi
over 12 years
Dawa is originally from the village of Hunggung, near the Tibetan border in the Makalu region of Nepal. Dawa began climbing high mountains at an early age, following in the footsteps of his father and older brother Pasang. In 2007, at the tender age of 19, Dawa made his first summit of Mt. Everest with his father. Two years later, he summited again from the North (Tibetan) side. In addition to being a prolific climber - summiting Everest 7 times - Dawa is trained in high mountain rescue and is an instructor in long line helicopter rescue technique. In the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, he put his training into action rescuing several people from the Everest Base Camp avalanche. In the post-earthquake period, Dawa worked with local helicopter companies and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders to rescue people trapped by the earthquake. From fall 2015 to spring 2016 he served as a Mountain Guide Consultant for the United Nation Disengagement Observer Force in Syria. He has led treks throughout Nepal and in addition to Everest, Dawa has summited Ama Dablam twice, Lobuche 8 times, and Island Peak 8 times. He is a UIAGM, IVBV IFMGA certified Mountain Guide.