Babu Chiri Sherpa was born in 1965 in the remote village of Taksindhu in Solu Khumbu district of Nepal. From the age of 13 he started his career as a climber. By the time he was 36, he had submitted Mount Everest 10 times, become the fastest climber of the world's highest mountain and spent an unprecedented 21 hours on the summit, thus creating two unique world records on Everest.
Soon he became a shining star for more than 20 million Nepali people. But on Sunday the 29th April 2001, his sad and sudden demise shocked the whole world. He fell into a 200ft deep crevasse accidentally while on his way to the summit and became dear to the gods of the mountains.
Nepal 2010, Babu Chiri Sherpa.
Mt. Everest in the background.