Himalayan Sherpa: Sherpa life in the Mountain Region

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The true beauty of Nepal isn't only the mountains, but the people who live in their shadows.

Tenzin Norgay Sherpa is the first Nepalese to reach the summit of Mount Everest, which he accomplished with Sir Edmund Hillary on 29 May 1953. Pasang Lhamu Sherpa was the first Nepalese or Sherpa woman to climb the summit of Mount Everest. Babu Chhiri Sherpa spent 21 hours on top of Mt. Everest. Kami Rita Sherpa climbed Mount Everest 24th times, Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa is known for holding a world record for the fastest climber of Mount Everest the world's highest mountain at 8,848meters.

For over centuries, Sherpas have been dominating the North- Eastern Himalayans- Typically around Solukhumbu region. Before trekking and mountaineering began Sherpa making a life out of yaks and cows husbandry and Agriculture. When trekkers come in Solukhumbu region Sherpa became porters, Guides and mountaineers. Sherpa people have always managed to undertake the risky part themselves first. But how Sherpa people do it is anonymity. It may be the food they eat makes them so strong or are they genetically adapted to these weather setups.

Back in the early days before the 1600s, religious conflict in Tibet compelled a clan of Sherpa to migrate across the Himalayans into a remote land, which is current Solukhumbu. The living was very hard in the mountain because of the rocky land weather stood against agriculture. So Sherpa people adopted Yaks and Cows and started husbandry, which became their major profession. Yaks proved benefits for Sherpa people as it offered milk and wool. When the trekkers started to come in the mountain region in the 1920s, The trekkers and mountaineers hire Sherpas as their porters. Afterward, a lots of crews attempted to summit the top of Everest but all of them failed until 1953, when a legendary Sherpa Tenzin Norgay Sherpa, with a team of Sir Edmund Hillary, made a successful summit of Mount Everest.

After this historical moment trekkers, devotees from all over the world became enthusiastic to challenge the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest. Consequently, a lot of Sherpas were hired as porters, assistant guides and mountain guides who later on started their own trekking agencies. Many sherpas have migrated to other countries as well. The word "Sherpa" is formal time pronounced as "Sharwa' which means the (Eastern people) this means the geographical origin from Kham of Eastern Tibet.