Babu Chirri Sherpa, as the name itself suggests was a Sherpa. Sherpas are potters (by profession), who assist climbers on their way to the Himalayas. He was born in 1965 in Taksindu, which is a remote village in the Solakhumbu District of Nepal. The district of Solakhumbu is well known as the 'Gateway to Everest.'
Since there were no school in his vicinity he remained uneducated. As a boy most of his time went helping his parents in the daily family chores such as farming, taking animals (yaks) for grazing and fetching water from the nearby stream. Despite this he learnt to speak four languages: Sherpa, Nepali, English and Hindi. He has also visted Canada, China, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan & the USA with his fellow mountaineer friends.
Chhiri was heavily inspired by , the first climber to reach Everest along with . Having been born so close to the Himalayas, like many other Sherpas, he too couldn't escape the tempation of the adventures, mountaineering is made up of. As a child he dreamt of conquering Everest, like his hero Tenzing.
Youthfulness touched him and soon he left his house to find a job. He started working as a mountain porter carrying heavy loads for expedition groups and walking up to the base camp. He was fascinated by the equipments, and the energy of those people. After working as mountain porter for many years, in 1998 he climbed Mera Peak (6,654m) and thus started his mountaineering career.
1> He has conquered Everest a record 10 times at the mere age of 35.
2> He holds the record for the fastest ascent of Everest from Base Camp to summit: 16 hours, 56 minutes, breaking the previous record held by Kazi Sherpa of 21 hours, also from Nepal.
3> Chhiri camped on the summit of Everest for 21 hours without supplemental oxygen, an amazing feat given the low levels of saturated oxygen at the summit and the extremely high danger of acquiring acute mountain sickness. This is a Guinness Record.
Today Babu Chirri is no longer with us. In 2001, Chhiri signed on for his eleventh Everest expedition. He was planning yet another bid for the summit. However, on April 29 while near Camp II (6,500 m) and apparently taking photographs, Chhiri miscalculated his steps and fell 200 meters into a crevasse and was killed. As in most cases like this, Chhiri's body was not retrieved.
Chirri was not only a mountaineer but also a philanthropist. He had a dream of establishing a primary school at his village which was completed before his death. Now the school is run by the government with partial support from ESA (Everest Summiteesr Association).