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The memoir of Ang Tharkay


Adventurous stories told from a non-Western perspective by one of the most accomplished early Himalayan climbers is now in English for the first time. Sherpas have been in the public eye, in part because of the 2013 Everest "brawl," the 2014 avalanche that took the lives of thirteen climbing Sherpas, and the 2015 earthquake that devastated Nepal. These events and others have led to much public discussion about how Sherpas today are treated and viewed by their Western employers. Sherpa expands our understanding of these issues by providing historical context.

The autobiography of Ang Tharkay, who was born in 1908 and became one of the most renowned Sherpas during early Himalayan exploration, has long been a collector's item in the original French-language edition but it has never been available in English until now. In Sherpa, Tharkay describes his experiences travelling with Eric Shipton and H.W. Tilman and as the Sirdar (head Sherpa) on Maurice Herzog's 1950 ascent of Annapurna. Few such Sherpa accounts have been written, and fewer still from these early Himalayan expeditions.

Opening with a brief account of Tharkay's childhood and background, Sherpa then immerses readers in expeditions on Everest, Nanga Parbat, and, of course, Annapurna. Tharkay reveals some of the politics within the Sherpa support teams: petty arguments and shared struggles that went unnoticed or at least unrecorded by those who hired them. Tharkay's admiration of his employers is leavened with his recognition of their shortcomings, but his affection for the climbers who employed him, and theirs for him, radiates throughout the story.

Sherpa includes an original foreword by Tashi Sherpa, founder of Sherpa Adventure Gear and the nephew of Ang Tharkay. He remembers how he and his young cousins worshipped 'Agu' (Uncle) as a respected mountaineer and hero, a warm and safe presence for the family. Little is known about Basil P. Norton, who assisted Thakray with his original text, published in France in 1954, and now made available in English.

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Expected: 4th August 2020


Cordee Code: CNS144
Author: Ang Tharkay with Basil P. Norton
No of Pages: 208
Page Size: 150 x 230 mm
ISBN 10: 1594859973
ISBN 13: 9781594859977
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
Published Date: March 2016
Edition: March 2016
Binding: Paperback
Weight: 330g

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