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About Sherpa

Who are the Sherpas?

Sherpa" refers both to a tribal group and a job capacity as Mountain Guides, Trekking & Tours guides, Mountain climber or Trek leader. The term "Sherpa" means easterner, referring to their origins in Eastern Tibet. The migrations of this Tibetan culture began sometime in the early 1400's. Today the Sherpa population in the Khumbu is about 5,000 with a total of roughly 35,000 living in Nepal. Due to living in mountain regions, sherpas are more healthy and strong than other ethnics as well as brave in climbing high mountain like Everest. That's why, everyone looking for sherpa trekking guide/leader in Nepal. Today Most of sherpas are involved in Trekking & Mountaineering business in Nepal.

Their endurances in inhabiting the high altitudes of the Himalayan region and navigating through the arduous Himalayan terrain of Nepal has enabled the sherpas to be world famous as skillful and experience mountain Guides. Because of their faithful, honesty, helpful towards non-violence and their amiable nature has made the sherpas a likeable community amongst foreign trekkers and mountaineers. Today they are playing a significant role in the Tourism sector of Nepal to operate Trekking, Rafting, Tours, Expedition & Mountain climbing.

The Sherpas are one of the original mountain people of Nepal. Most Sherpas live in the eastern region of the country known as Solu, Khumbu, and Pharak. However, some live farther west in the Rolwaling valley and in the Helambu region north of Katmandu. Pangboche is the Sherpa’s oldest village in Nepal and is estimated to have been built over 300 years ago.

Sherpas speak a Tibetan dialect, and traditionally are traders and farmers cultivating high altitude fields of potatoes, barley, wheat, and buckwheat. If they live within a day’s walk of Namche Bazaar, some will raise water buffalo and slaughter them for the Saturday market in Namche.

Today, Sherpas are renowned in the global climbing and mountaineering community for their hardiness, expertise, and experience at high altitudes. In Nepal, Sherpas often insist on making a distinction between themselves and general porters, as they generally serve in a more guide-like role and command higher pay, as well

Sherpas and Mt. Everest — A History Intertwined

Often inseparable from mountaineering, the Sherpas of Nepal inhabit much of the lower portion of the Himalayas known as the Solu-Khumbu or Khumbu. While their reputation as climbers is nothing short of historic, local Buddhist, animist and cultural traditions have equally nurtured and impacted a fascinating relationship with westerners and western thought. Sherpas became prominent to the West when British mountaineers began to set their sites on conquering Himalayan peaks. With the first Mt. Everest expedition in 1921, the skill, expertise, honesty and dedication of Sherpas as guides and partners became an integral part of Himalayan climbing. The affinity of outsiders for Sherpa/ Buddhist civilization has blossomed into an ever-increasing sharing, understanding, and friendship between cultures.

Prior to British expeditions, Sherpas revered the great mountains of the region as dwelling places of gods and goddesses, to which the thought of climbing was considered blasphemous. (Chomolungma, the Tibetan name for Everest, is the residence of Miyo Lungsungama, the goddess of humanity and prosperity.) Sherpas traditionally worked as traders, farmers and religious folk. Along with these ancestral roles, leading climbs and treks has recently become a mainstay of the Sherpa economy.

The friendly and hospitable Sherpas of Nepal is quite synonymous to Mount Everest known as Sagarmatha in Nepal that measures 8,848m (29,028 feet). Sherpas, the inhabitants of Solukhumbu region which lies just below Mount Everest are not only the strong, stout and faithful porters and load carriers but they are the backbone to any climber trying the reach the summit. Sherpas are the true mountain guides who successfully guide the summiteers towards the achievement of their dreams and aspirations – to be on the top of the world.

Ever since Sir Edmund Hillary first climbed Everest in 1953 with the invaluable assistance of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, climbers have developed close relationships with Sherpa people.It is widely recognized that without the Sherpas, Western climbers would rarely be able to climb the great peaks successfully. Because Sherpa guides and assistants have become such an integral part of any successful team, westerners now use the word "Sherpa" to mean a local guide or assistant, sometimes without realizing that this is in fact a clan name.

By extension, Sherpa is the name given to the personal representatives of heads of state and government within the G8 process: the metaphor is that the "sherpa" prepares the way toward the "summit". One or more "sherpa meetings" are generally held in preparation for summits.

Sherpa Mountaineers

Sherpas play a role of a catalyst when it comes to limelight and glory. Even when they are the ones who are making and breaking most of the world records on Everest, they are seldom in the international news and media. And this plight of Sherpas is somewhat like the old saying in Nepali “kholo taryo lauro birshyo” which means people tend to forget the walking (support) stick upon crossing the river and without the stick they would have never been successful in crossing the river.

There cannot be an expedition to Mount Everest without the Sherpas. Like Gurkhas, the Sherpas are also the pride of Nepal. It is due to the Sherpas, mountaineering – the mother of tourism in Nepal is reaching its height of prosperity and this legacy will be continued.

Sherpas are the evergreen and all time heroes of Everest who need no introduction and no limelight. While most of the summiteers scale Mount Everest for pleasure, fun, self achievement, adventure, or even for Guinness Book of Records, Sherpas do it for their bread and butter. May be that is the reason why they do not go after media hype but go on conquering the mountain top with silence and perseverance as their risky profession is helping them to become self-sufficient.

For many years, the Sherpas have literally given their lives to high-altitude mountaineering, one of the most dangerous sports on earth. Thanks to their patience, devotion, hard work and legacy of experience, they are indispensable to explorers of Mt. Everest. Not mere vehicles for others to reach their goals, Sherpas are guides with both leadership abilities and greatly specialized climbing skills at high altitudes.

Historically, the most famous Sherpa is Tenzing Norgay, who accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary on the first successful ascent of Mount Everest in May 1953. Tenzing Norgay had attempted Everest before with other climbing parties, and has since climbed Everest many more times in his career as a Sherpa.

A glimpse of the Sherpa world record holders and breakers:

  • Tenzing Norgary Sherpa, the first man on Everest in May 1953 together with Sir Edmund Hillary from New Zealand.
  • Nawang Gombu Sherpa, the first person to reach the summit twice in May 1965.
  • Babu Chhiri Sherpa, the first man to stay the longest atop the peak without oxygen for 21h in May 1999.
  • Babu Chhiri Sherpa, the first man to conquer Everest in 16h56m in May 2000.
  • Temba Tsheri Sherpa, the youngest boy to scale Everest at the age of 16 in May 2001.
  • Ming Kipa, the youngest to be on the top of Everest at the age of 15 in May 2003.
  • Lhakpa Gyelu Sherpa, the fastest climber to scale Everest in 10h56m in May 2003.
  • Appa Sherpa, the first man to reach the summit for the 19th time in May 2009.
  • Lhakpa Sherpa, the first woman to conquer Everest for the fourth time in May 2004.
  • Apang Nawang, a disabled Sherpa with only one leg scaled the highest peak in May 2004.
  • Pemba Dorje Sherpa, the fastest climber reaching the Everest top in 8h20m in May 2004.
  • Ang Rita Sherpa (the King of Sherpas), the first man to climb Mount Everest for ten times without oxygen.

NATURE & LIFE STYLE OF SHERPAS

But if walking is the Sherpas’ fate, it has also been their fortune. The first ascent of Mount Everest, in May 1953, sparked a tourism boom that draws more than 20,000 visitors each year to hike amid the planet’s tallest peaks. Strong, congenial, and adept at business, Sherpas play a role in the tourist trade rivaled by few indigenous peoples in the world. They serve not only as high-altitude porters for well-heeled mountaineers but also as guides for the larger number of trekkers who explore the region by hiking at altitudes under 18,000 feet, without any technical equipment. Sherpas own most of the 300-plus lodges and hotels and many of the companies that organize the treks.

Playing out their lives on the world’s highest stage, winning friends with their warm smiles and calm competence, mountain-climbing Sherpas have become famous. Some scientists believe that Sherpas may be blessed with genetic features that help them thrive two miles or more above sea level. Their lifelong adaptation to low-oxygen conditions makes it easier for them to survive in the thin Himalayan air. They breathe faster and thus can take in more air per minute than lowlanders can.

Because of their reputation as climbers, the Sherpas are surely the best known of the 30 or so ethnic groups that make up the Nepalese population. Hardly anyone below 12,000 feet has ever heard of the Sherpas’ neighbors, groups such as the Rais, the Tamangs, or the Magars. But the word “sherpa” is so familiar it has become a generic term for a faithful assistant, a porter, or a guide. Almost every Sherpa in the trekking business has a story about a client who turned to him and asked, “How long have you been a sherpa?” And Sherpa isn’t just an ethnic identification; like other minority groups in Nepal, Sherpas often use their ethnic name as their last name as well.

Most of the 70,000 or so Sherpas in Nepal aren’t involved in the climbing or trekking industries. It’s mainly in the Khumbu region that tourism has transformed Sherpas’ lives in a generation. The influx of Westerners has brought some of the comforts of modern life to the larger villages. In Namche Bazaar, there are pool halls and pizza parlors, CD shops and video rental counters. A Sherpa will organize and lead the trek.

ABOUT MOUNTAIN SHERPA TREKKING & EXPEDITIONS COMPANY

Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions is a trustworthy, Over 20 years of successful experienced and professional leading trekking & travel Agency who operates all Trekking, Tours, Expeditions and complete travel service packages in Nepal. Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions, a reputed brand name in Nepalese tourism industry that is operated and set up by a team of fully dedicated, experts and high spirit Local Mountain Sherpa guides from land of Himalaya, Registered & approved by all tourism departments of Nepal with valid licenses and certificates in order to organize all holiday trips in NEPAL, TIBET, BHUTAN & INDIA. We have started this Sherpa Trekking & travel Company in Nepal in order to accomplish our aim and commitment to provide Best Satisfactory Trekking, Tours & Expeditions as well as other Tourism related Service at very reasonable cost package for all Travelers around the World. We always stand for

"Professional & Quality Services at best Price for Trip of Lifetime Experience".

Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions is located at popular tourist hub, THAMEL, the capital City of Nepal, Kathmandu and Mr. Pasang Sherpa, original home town from Mt. Everest region is founder director of this company who already contributed his 20 years for Nepalese Tourism promotion. We have been serving our precious clients over 20 years in this Beautiful land of Himalaya for a complete adventures travel Service including Trekking in Nepal, Tour in Nepal, Peak climbing in Nepal, Expedition in Nepal, Rafting in Nepal, hotel booking in Nepal, jungle safari in Nepal, paragliding in Nepal, luxury tour in Nepal, honeymoon tour in Nepal and all multi- activities as well as any adventures trips in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. Our quality service guarantee you a complete hassle free service from Experienced Local guide for trekking in Nepal, Tour in Nepal to peak climbing in Nepal including Safe & comfortable accommodations as well as Transportations, hygienic & delicious food with local taste. Whatever are your requirements and expectations, Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions is ready to satisfy. We also believe in "safe & Comfortable Adventure Trip". we have customized our service and program to ensure safety & comfortable adventure holiday in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. So, are you planning to visit Himalaya? Welcome to Visit us for Experience the difference. Where the hospitality is genuine; where staff are Helpful and courteous is not because it's their job but because it's their nature.

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