Panuru Sherpa is one of Alpenglow’s Sirdars (head Sherpa). At age 47, Panuru has 27 years of experience resulting in 10 Everest summits, 12 on Cho Oyu, 3 on Shishapangma, 1 on Manaslu, and 3 on Ama Dablam. Along with his younger brother Mingma Chhring and friend Karma Rita, Panuru became the 1st Nepalese to summit Gurla Mandhata (7700m) in Tibet in 2007. Panuru has also been a volunteer climbing ranger on Mt. Denali, Alaska, summiting 3 times. Panuru lives in Phortse, runs Phortse Guesthouse with his wife, Pasang Dikkiand, and serves as chairman and instructor at the Khumbu Climbing Center. Together, they have 2 daughters (ages 23 & 19) and one son (age 21).