Not only is Pemba a record breaker, and record setter, he has the skills require of a good mountaineer; which are extremely valuable in a team leader. Repeated practice and years of climbing experience has enabled Pemba to develop a second sense on the mountains. He can tell when his body is ready for that extra push, and can evaluate those around him in their abilities. His years on the mountains has also taught him to read terrain and weather conditions, in order to avoid dangerous situations.
As well as scaling Everest and Amadablam (15 times), Pemba has also climbed other mountains over 8,000m. He is also one of 7 siblings to summit Everest and one of 4 siblings to summit Amadablam. In addition, he has also a long history of helping others set records:
He also has a love for his country. For example in 2018 he fixed a golden statue of King Prithvi Narayan Shah, the man responsible for the unification of Nepal in 1768, to the top of Mt Everest. This follows an occasion in 2009 when he affixed a golden statue of Lord Buddha on the top of the world. Not forgetting his love of the world as a whole, in 2007 Pemba climbed Everest with a specially made jacket depicting the flags of 250 countries.
In addition to his prowess on the mountain, Pemba has highlighted the impact of climate change on the Himalayas and been recognised for this work by the Friends of the Himalayas, The American Himalayan Foundation, 350, Friends of the Earth etc. In fact he holds the following positions:
Today Pemba Dorje Sherpa’s achievements are still outstanding, speaking of his strength and resilience on the mountains. He has excellent judgment, self-discipline and a real understanding of mountain terrain. He also has a deep understanding of what others on the mountain need to have a successful journey.