Thursday September 06, 2012
Himalayan native Ongyel Sherpa has opened a US Sherpa International wholesale show room and office at 180 Flynn Avenue in Burlington. This family-owned business is also based in Nepal. Sherpa is a Rice Memorial High School graduate and received his degree from Champlain College. Sherpa was sponsored to come in the United States in 1998 by Dr. Geoff Tabin who had climbed Mt. Everest with Sherpa’s uncle, Nima Tashi Sherpa, that same year.
US Sherpa is an importer and wholesale distributor of Nepalese handcrafted goods. When customers buy from US Sherpa, they contribute to the economy of Nepal and directly support the men and women of small villages by opening new markets for their goods. All of the handcrafts are made in Nepal and produced by artisans who receive fair wages and benefits.
In addition to selling Nepalese handcrafts, US Sherpa is an adventure travel service company specializing in trips to Nepal. The company specializes in organizing guided camping treks; tea house/sherpa guided treks, peak climbing expeditions, and other travel services. Their family business partner in Nepal is Nima & Neema Treks (P) Ltd, through whom all of their treks and expeditions are expertly organized. Nima & Neema Treks has been guiding and organizing mountaineering services for over 30 years in Nepal. US Sherpa and their partner agency is a member of the TAAN (Trekking Agency Association of Nepal), American Alpine Club, and the Green Mountain Club.
Sherpa has guided four trekking trips to the Everest Basecamp, Kalapatthar Peak, Annapurna Mustang and Annapurna Manang regions of Nepal. His groups have included students and faculty from the University of Vermont and he has helped over 120 different individual travelers from all over the country on various Nepal travel services. Sherpa’s Nepal partner and team includes veteran trekking guide, Nima Thundu Sherpa, who cooked for the late Sir Edmund Hillary for many years and Nima Tashi Sherpa, an Everest veteran who has climbed Mount Everest 10 times and has been in numerous expeditions including that portrayed in the Surviving Everest documentary movie, and the American expedition that saw the first American woman reach the summit of Mt. Everest.
Sherpa resides in South Burlington with his wife Jessica and cat Rambo.
SOURCE: US Sherpa Int’l