Nepali Mountaineer to receive honorary doctorate from US University
KATHMANDU: The US-based University of Utah has selected Nepali mountaineer Apa Sherpa, who has scaled Mt. Everest a record 21 times, to receive honorary doctorate degree, Deseret News reported on its website.
Apa Sherpa will receive a doctorate of humane letters. Apa climbed the Everest a world record 21 times as of May 2011.
Apa was born in Nepal and since 2006 has been residing in Utah with his wife, Yangjin, and their three children.
He created the Apa Sherpa Foundation, which is dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the children of his homeland to help strengthen its future. He climbed the mountain twenty-one times as of May 2011.
Apa is among three people including Andrea Brantzeg Thomas and Thomas D. Rees to receive the honorary doctorate.