Nimdoma Sherpa was born in the remote village of Simi Gau in Dolakha district in the laps of Rolwaling Himalayas in Nepal. She started going to school tempted by the World Food Programme’s afternoon meal. The nutritious ‘Haluwa’(porridge) at school, she remembers, was the sweetest thing she could have as a child. In school, she started realizing that education could give her the power to become whatever she wanted. Her brother saw her dedication towards education and brought her to Kathmandu for better education. Eventually Nimdoma passed her School Leaving Certificate examination becoming the first educated member in her family.

She spent lonely childhood in Kathmandu away from her mother for education. She took care of household chores while other children played. To those who knew her, she was just another small girl. But within a few years her life saw drastic change. At 17 years, she set foot on the top of the world on the 22nd of May 2008, youngest woman at the time to do so.

Following the great success on Everest, Nimdoma traveled across Nepal with her team delivering motivational talks at schools.

In December 2014, she successfully completed the ascent of highest peak in each continent. She is the youngest Nepali to do so.

Nimdoma is an avid sports climber. She has won several climbing competitions in Nepal including national championship in the year 2009, 2011 & 2013.

In 2015, following the devastating April Earthquake in Nepal Nimdoma took extraordinary efforts to provide food and relief supplies to her village in Dolakha district. She led a team and mobilized support amidst continued aftershock and landslides. In June 2015, she joined the UN World Food Programme in their emergency response to Dolakha district.

Nimdoma is recipient of several awards including Mt Everest Diamond Jubilee Medal awarded by the Government of Nepal, Special Proclamation from the Council of City of New York including honors from Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board and more. Nimdoma and her team visited the Washington DC upon special invitation of the US Department of State for International Visitor’s Leadership Program. US Secretary of State John Kerry met Nimdoma and her team during the program and remarked that the world needs more examples like them.

Nimdoma has served as the Champion for Girl Education for the United Nations World Food Programme Japan.

In 2015 Nimdoma hoisted the flag for ‘Zero Hunger’, UN Sustainable Development Goal#2.

Nimdoma is celebrated across various nations as a youth icon and role model. Nimdoma is a story of a young village girl transforming into international icon. She literally personifies ‘Change’ that education can bring in one’s life.

“I am very lucky have to have found WFP’s support for my education. Whatever I am today is because of education.” Nimdoma Sherpa