Hi there, I am Nawang Sherpa, Pemba Sherpa’s younger son. I would like to thank everyone very much for the kind words and wishes. I really appreciate the support and your prayers for my family at a time like this.

I would like to fill you in on some details regarding Papa’s final days and his funeral. He was a man of great strength and determination and had the will and fight to live until the end. He actually even in his death surprised the doctor by living longer than they said. I was alongside him at the end, he passed away very peacefully right after the monk read him instructions for the afterlife which again surprised everyone because the instruction which is read as a prayer is very long and it almost seemed like he was waiting for that to finish so he could depart from this world.

Papas funeral ended in Syambhu (Monkey Temple) where he was cremated. It was held on the 18th which was on Monday. There were a lot of people present, it was a beautiful day, the ceremony was perfectly executed by the monks and the cremation, which was done the traditional way with firewood took about 4 hours.

It has been a week already since Papa passed away and we are having a ceremony done today. We have all passed through the mourning phase. Now it is all about remembering Papa and celebrating his life with all the stories and adventures from his friends and all the people who knew him. All that has been a wonderful experience.

Thank you very much again for taking the time to write and sharing your experiences and views of Papa. I and my wife will be taking care of Journeys after we return from Toronto (Canada) in the next couple of months. If (or rather when) you come to Nepal we shall definitely chat about Papa, about life, about basically everything. Take care and good luck…

Nawang Sherpa

One response to “Thank You for Your Kind Words by Nawang Sherpa”

  1. Ellen Uyenco

    Hello Nawang,
    Please accept my condolences on the death of your father. I have had the pleasure of meeting him twice in Kathmandu. I have fond memories of these brief meetings, the last one of which was when he made sure that I arrived safely in Kathmandu after being trapped in Tibet due to bad weather. I will always remember him as a kind and caring man who was father to us all trekkers.