SHERPA & SWISS ADVENTURES
Lhakpa Gyalzen Sherpa founded Sherpa & Swiss Adventures in 1993 after returning to Nepal from a year of work at Air Glaciers, a helicopter operator in Sion, Switzerland. At Air Glaciers he worked as a flight assistant and medical evacuation coordinator working side by side with Swiss mountaineers and medical staff. During his time in Switzerland he improved his fluency in French (in addition to Sherpa, Nepali, Hindi, English, and Tibetan which he already spoke) and found similarities between the Swiss appreciation for their mountain surroundings and his own Sherpa community. With the support and encouragement of his Swiss mountaineering friends he named his new company Sherpa & Swiss Adventures as a symbolic melding of these two mountain peoples living on opposite sides of the globe.