Phurba Tashi (born 1971) lives in Khumjung, Nepal with his family. Phurba began by following in his father’s footsteps as an expedition cook boy. He currently holds the joint world record for most ascents of Mt Everest (21). In 2007, he reached the top of the world three times in one season. His intention in 2014 was to summit two more times, thus establishing a new world record.

He also holds the record for most total ascents (30) of eight-thousanders (peaks above 8000m/26,247ft sea level).

Phurba has climbed over thirty 8000m summits – the most ever climbed by one person. He is Himalayan Experience’s main climbing Sirdar (head Sherpa) and is often referred to as the “Everest Yak” because of his immense strength at altitude and superior logistical knowledge.