Phil Crampton

Phil Crampton is one of the most experienced and active 8000-meter climbers presently working in the Himalayas. His wry British New Yorker sense of humor, strong leadership skills, and passionate interest in both the mountains and people of the Himalayas and their culture ensure an unforgettable experience in high Asia. He has led over thirty-five 8000-meter expeditions including Everest, summiting from both the Nepal and Tibet sides, Broad Peak, Cho Oyu, Gasherbrum I, Gasherbrum II, Lhotse, Manaslu and Shishapangma. Elsewhere, he's led trips to Cholatse, Kang Guru, Mustagh Ata, Pumori, Ganesh, Denali, Aconcagua, Alpamayo, Huascaran and many other smaller peaks across the globe. When not on an expedition Phil divides his time between Kathmandu, Nepal and Woodstock, New York which he both calls home.

Expedition Resume
Aconcagua, Argentina
Alpamayo, Peru
Broad Peak, Pakistan
Cholatse, Nepal
Cho Oyu, Tibet (7 times)
Denali, Alaska
Everest, Nepal (6 times)
Everest, Tibet (6 times)
Ganesh I, Nepal
Gasherbrum I, Pakistan (3 times)
Gasherbrum II, Pakistan (3 times)
Huascaran, Peru (3 times)
Kang Guru, Nepal
Lhotse, Nepal (2 times)
Manaslu, Nepal (8 times)
Mustagh Ata, China (3 times)
Pumori, Nepal (2 times)
Shishapangma, Tibet (2 times)


Sammy Mansikka

28 July, 1978 - 24 March, 2015

Sammy Mansikka was one of Finland's most experienced high-altitude mountaineers. He climbed extensively in Nepal and Tibet as well as in Europe with an impressive summit record on the 8,000 meter peaks he attempted. Sammy was the president of the Finnish Alpine Club and when not climbing the high peaks of the Himalayas could be found leading treks in the somewhat lower elevations up to the respective base camps. When not globe trotting around the world on climbing expeditions he could be found in Helsinki planning his next big adventure.

Expedition Resume
Aconcagua, Argentina (2 times)
Alpamayo, Peru
Ama Dablam, Nepal
Annapurna, Nepal
Cholatse, Nepal
Cho Oyu, Tibet (2 times)
Dhaulagiri, Nepal
Denali, Alaska
Everest, Nepal
Ganesh I, Nepal
Gasherbrum II, Pakistan
Kanchenjunga, Nepal
K2, Pakistan
Lhotse, Nepal
Makalu, Nepal
Manaslu, Nepal
Shishapangma, Tibet


Dorjee Sherpa

Dorjee is our Expedition Sirdar. He has reached the summit of Everest by the South Col-Southeast Ridge route six times previously and has participated in over a twenty expeditions to the mountain. As a young Sherpa, he was left with the responsibility of carrying the heavy IMAX camera from the South Col to the summit for the hugely successful Everest movie that was filmed during the 1996 spring season. Dorje lives in Phakding, the village most trekkers and climbers spend their first night at on the way to Everest base camp, with his wife where they own the beautiful Buddha Lodge.





Da Pasang Sherpa

All of our Sherpas are important to our expeditions but without Da Pasang at the helm of the kitchen as head cook, our expeditions would not be as successful. He has been described as a magician by a well-known climber and Everest blogger. Not many cooks have an immaculate clean kitchen with all stainless steel work tops and sinks and carpeted flooring all at Da Pasang's request. He insists on having plenty of kitchen assistants on hand to make sure our clients want for nothing in regards to food and beverage at our base camps. Da Pasang lives with his wife and child in Kathmandu where he runs a successful restaurant.






Pasang Ongcho Sherpa

Pasang Ongcho is one of the few UIAGM certified guides in Nepal. He has extensive experience on Everest and Manaslu as well as many other smaller peaks in Nepal. He now spends his summers in Peru where he leads the Altitude Junkies Huascaran expeditions and has acquired quite a taste for steak and red wine at some of his favorite hang outs in Huaraz. Pasang is our assistant sirdar to Dorjee and we call him our climbing sirdar on the hill.






Tarkey Sherpa

Tarkey has been with the Junkies for along time and we like to describe him as our bruiser. He has many ascents of Everest, both North and South, Lhotse, Manaslu as well as Pakistan peaks such as Broad Peak, Gasherbrum II and Gasherbrum I with the Junkies. Tarke lives in Kathmandu with his wife and daughter.







Sange Sherpa

Sange is another old timer and been with the Junkies for quite some time. He has many ascents of Everest and Manaslu as well as Shishapangma. Sangee thinks of himself as somewhat of an aficionado of traditional Sherpa and Tibetan music with his personal collection of tunes, which you will tire of quickly at base camp. He lives in Kathmandu with his wife and son.







Chhongba Nurbu Sherpa

Chhongba is another of our old school Sherpas and has so many summits of Everest, we actually think he's lost count. Big in statue and even bigger in generosity is our Chongba. He lives in Lukla with his wife and five daughters.








Kami Nuru Sherpa

Known to our regular Junkies climbers and the Sherpas as "Mad Dog" for various reasons. Kami was originally our camp two cook but he still kept going to the summit of Everest for fun, so he no longer works in the kitchen, just hangs out there. He has multiple summits of Everest and Manaslu with the Junkies. He lives in the Khumbu with his wife and two children.







Pasang Nima Sherpa

Pasang was another camp two cook who became one of main climbing Sherpas. He is our solar and radio communications expert and helps establish all the electronics at base camp before the clients arrive. He has multiple summits of Everest and Manaslu with the Junkies. He lives in Lukla with his wife and children.







Ang Gelu Sherpa

Ang Gelu can been seen whizzing around Kathmandu either on his Royal Enfield Motorcycle or his mountain bike. When not climbing he is taking westerners around Nepal on mountain bike tours. He has multiple summits of Everest and Manaslu with the Junkies. He lives in Kathmandu with his wife and two children.







Pemba Ngatar Sherpa










Pasang Lakpa Sherpa (Maila)











Karma Gelgen Sherpa










Pemba Chhiri Sherpa










Mingma Lakpa Sherpa











Photo credits: Robert Kay - Ganesh I Base Camp celebration. James Porto - photo of Phil.

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