Apa was born in a village in the Everest region of Nepal. At the age of 3 months, he and his mother were caught in an avalanche and Lhakpa was thrown from the basket on his mother’s back and came to rest under an ice ledge. After his mother found him unhurt, she took him to the Lama to pray and give thanks. Lhakpa was renamed “Apa” which means much “much loved”. Apa always wanted to be a doctor, but his dreams were shattered when at the age of 12 his father died. Following his father’s death, Apa had to take up the responsibilities of his mother, two sisters, and three younger brothers. He dropped out of school and started working as a porter for mountaineering groups. His climbing career began in 1985, when he worked as a kitchen boy and porter for various groups but did not reach the Everest summit until 1990. He continued to climb and summited 21 times giving him the world record for most summits. He held the world record until 2018 when it was surpassed by a fellow climber from Thame. Apa was a successful guide, never losing a client to the mountain. In 1996 Apa was asked to join Rob Hall on the infamous expedition that turned to tragedy. Apa’s wife needed him to stay home during that time to finish construction on their home. Had it not been for her, his fate could have turned out differently.

Today Apa is retired and is focused on giving back to his homeland. In 2012 he started The Apa Sherpa Foundation with a focus on educating young Sherpa children so that they have a choice for their future endeavors. In Apa’s famous words, “Without an education, we have no choice.”

Get Ready To Feed Your Fandom!

Select opportunities below to exclusively get up close and personal with Apa at the Ultimate Sports Bash.
He will be doing autographs, photo ops, a panel and also a meet & greet in the VIP Lounge.


Various times – Apa will be signing autographs off and on throughout the event. Check with the schedule online and posted at his table in the Autograph Zone. 
It is assumed that you will bring your own item to be signed. The Ultimate Sports Bash will have a printed photo option available (at no extra cost) if you prefer.
**Autograph does not include admission. You must have either a 2-day or 1-day pass (for the same day) in order to attend the autograph session.

Photo Op

Saturday, July 13 – 1:00 PM – Please note the time and make sure you are planning to be at the Bash at that time. A single photo may include up to 4 people
**Photo Op does not include admission. You must have either a 2-day or 1-day pass (for the same day) in order to attend the photo op.

Spots are limited so book soon before they sell out!

Athlete Panel

Apa Sherpa Panel/Q&A is Saturday, July 13 – 12:00 PM in Panel Room 1
Panel entry is free of charge with admission to the Bash!