Panuru Sherpa Lead Instructor, KCC Basic Group
Panuru is a mountain guide from Phortse working for Alpenglow Expeditions as a Sirdar (expedition lead of the Sherpa teams), and with Shangri-La Nepal Trek. He has been climbing since 1988 and working as a Sirdar since 1998. During this time, Panuru summited Everest 10 times and has been on 28 expeditions. Before Alpenglow he worked with International Mountain Guides (IMG) for 11 years. He was also on the 1999 Everest expedition that recovered George Mallory’s body with Conrad Anker. He was one of the founders of KCC in Nepal and has been with the organization since its inception in 2004, serving as an instructor since 2008. He is also chairman of the KCC Committee in Nepal. Outside of Nepal, Panuru has climbed in Korea, participated in the KCC National Parks Exchange on Denali, the Grand Tetons, and Yosemite, returned to work on Denali in 2013 and 2014, and guided expeditions in Tibet (Everest, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma (China), Gurla Mandhata (China) – 1st summit. Panuru has also summited Manaslu, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. Panuru participated in many rescues during his career, contributing to his commitment to safety training through KCC. Early in his career, Panuru climbed with Adventure Consultant leads, Rob Hall and Gary Ball. In 1992 he fell in a crevasse and needed to be rescued all the way back to Kathmandu. In 1994 he returned to summit Cho Oyu with the Hall and Ball team, but with a new commitment to learning safety and rescue in the mountains. In 2003 he used a sked and lowering system to rescue a client from the South Col of Everest all the way to Camp 2. When he is not in the mountains, Panuru lives in Phortse and manages the Phortse Guest House.