Tshering Pande Bhote, a highly respected mountain guide, has scaled the heights of Mt. Manaslu and made history by skiing down from its summit, marking the first-ever such accomplishment by a Nepali climber above 8000 meters. S

Hailing from Bhotkhola-3 in the Sankhuwasabha district, the 45-year-old Bhote reached the summit of the world’s eighth-highest peak on September 21, 2023, at precisely 10:37 AM Nepal time, all without the use of supplemental oxygen. He undertook this extraordinary journey as part of an expedition organized by Seven Summit Treks, a prominent trekking and expedition company based in Kathmandu.

Tshering Pande Bhote boasts an impressive career in mountaineering, as stated by Thaneswar Guragai, the General Manager at SST. He is not only a certified IFMGA mountain guide but also holds the distinction of being among the few individuals accredited by both the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association (NZMGA) and the Nepal National Mountain Guides Association (NNMGA). His mountaineering journey began in 1996, and he has since successfully guided climbers to numerous peaks above 8000 meters, including iconic names such as Everest, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Dhaulagiri, Makalu, and Lhotse.

Moreover, Bhote’s expertise extends to rescue operations, as he is a licensed rescue technician. In a remarkable display of dedication, he was one of the three mountain guides chosen by Simrik Air for specialized Helicopter Rescue Specialist training in Zermatt, Switzerland, in 2012. His extensive experience in international climbing and rescue operations, coupled with his impeccable logistical and planning skills, sets him apart in the field.

Furthermore, Tshering Pande Bhote holds the distinction of being the first RECCO instructor from Nepal, further cementing his position as a trailblazer in the world of mountaineering. His remarkable achievement on Mt. Manaslu not only showcases his personal prowess but also adds a new chapter to Nepal’s rich mountaineering legacy.

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