Mingma Chhiring Sherpa Assistant Instructor, KCC Basic Group
Mingma Chhiring is a mountain guide from Phortse, working for Alpenglow Expeditions (2012 – present). Before Alepnglow, he worked for IMG from 2001 – 2012. Unlike many mountain guides, Mingma was a monk for 8 years (1993 – 2001) at Tengboche Monastery before he became a high altitude worker. Nevertheless, his climbing resume is nothing short of impressive. Mingma summited Everest 10 times, Manaslu 2 times, Cho Oyu 2 times, Makalu 1 time, and Ama Dablam 4 times. He was also the first Nepali to summit Mt. Gurla in 2004. Mingma annually acts as a personal Sherpa on an Everest expedition from the North (Tibetan) side, and has even guided a 67-year-old client to the summit of Everest. In 2014 Mingma was in the Khumbu Icefall when the infamous avalanche swept through, and despite being buried in snow, he eventually helped rescue 5 people from the icefall. Mingma’s brothers are KCC lead instructors Panuru and Danuru Sherpa. He came to KCC in 2004 with no guiding experience and worked his way to become an instructor in 2007. When he isn’t guiding, Mingma can be found acting as a Lama at the Phortse Gompa (Monastery).