Who are Sherpa or Sherpas ?

The term "Sherpa" means easterner (in Sherpa/Tibetan language), referring to their origins in Eastern Tibet. Sherpa is an Mongoloid ethnic group which has been living in the Eastern Himalayan region of Nepal since early 1400s. Today the Sherpa population in Solu Khumbu is about 12,000 with a total of roughly about 125,000 living in Nepal. The vast majority (over 90%) of Sherpas are Buddhists, although they also incorporate animist and shamanistic practices.

(n. pl. Sherpa or Sher·pas A member of a traditionally Buddhist people of Tibetan descent living on the southern side of the Himalaya Mountains in Nepal and Sikkim. In modern times Sherpas have achieved world renown as expert guides on Himalayan mountaineering expeditions) - American Heritage Dictionary

The term "sherpa" derived from early 1900, the early days of western exploration of the Himalayas, when true Sherpa people were greatly valued by explorers for their tremendous knowledge of the region, their services as guides and porters and their strength at high altitude. Before this, the Sherpas considered climbing the mountains to be blasphemous, as they viewed them as the homes of deities, and even today the starting point for any Everest expedition is the Puja ceremony, in which the Sherpas pay homage to the gods. The affinity of outsiders for Sherpa/ Buddhist civilization has blossomed into an ever-increasing sharing, understanding, and friendship between cultures.
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. The most famous Sherpa is Tenzing Norgay, who, together with Sir Edmund Hillary, in 1953 made the first successful ascent of Mount Everest. Other Sherpas have continued to set records on the mountain ever since, and Sherpas still today work as guides. The word "sherpa" is misinterpreted these days in tourism industry that sherpas are great Himalayan guides regardless what ethnic group they belong to.

Hospitality is an ancient and very important tradition amongst the Sherpas, and there are strict guidelines for both guests and hosts. For example, a guest in a Sherpa home may be ‘shey-shey’s’ by their host –that is, strongly encouraged three times to take food or drink (the Sherpa word for ‘respect’ is ‘shey-’). Because of their faithful, honesty, helpful towards nonviolence 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.

Sherpa village/culture treks
Sherpa village treks provide the opportunities for visitors to observe the rich and traditional cultures of sherpa people in Nepal from close quarters, and intermingle with the local sherpas. We believe organize and operate such treks will benefit local sherpa people with those that deserve. Therefore, this trek would also allow trekkers, with its direct trickle effect, gives the spending tourists a great sense of satisfactions and accomplishment.

Nepal Sherpa Treks does custom Itineraries!

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