The April 18, 2014 avalanche that claimed the lives of 13 Sherpa guides on Mount Everest trained the eyes of a saddened world on an extraordinary group of people.
These Nepalese climbers risk their lives taking adventurers -- novice and skilled alike -- up and down the most famous mountain on Earth. Sherpas have performed legendary feats over the years even though their pay and treatment has long been called into question. Following are several of the most famous Sherpas in the history of mountaineering.
Any list of top Sherpas is likely to begin with Tenzing Norga, who joined Edmund Hillary in making worldwide headlines in May of 1953 when he and the New Zealand mountaineer and explorer became the first two people ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest. His name is among the most well known in the history of mountaineering.