Sherpa wants to help Nepal recovery

Known for his mountain climbing career, Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa wants to bring awareness about the need for reconstruction in the remote areas of Nepal.

Gelu has been on the summit of Mount Everest 14 times.

He talked about his amazing climbs and now the plight of his community following two earthquakes that killed some 8,000 people.

“Number one is education and second is health, and now this time there was this earthquake, lots destroyed in Nepal, my hometown. I am now trying to provide for the roofing project, it’s a big project,” said Gelu.

Gelu also holds the record for the fastest ascent of Everest.

He has summited Everest twice with local cardiologist doctor Julio Bird from Gundersen Health System.

Gelu will be speaking Tuesday night from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at  the Weber Center for the Performing Arts in downtown La Crosse.

There is a suggested donation of $15  for admission.

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