The Nepalese Sherpa People

The Sherpas are an ethnic group living in the high mountains of the Himalayas in Nepal. They are living in the high altitudes of the Himalayas for generations. They are famous among the European countries to climb Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world.

Sherpa is a symbol of hard work, peace, and bravery among the mountaineers. They have long served as guides and porters, whose local experience has been invaluable to foreigners trying to climb in the area.

Sherpa also called Sharwa, a group of some 150,000 mountain-dwelling people of Nepal, Sikkim state, India, and Tibet. The name Sherpa means Eastern People making reference to their Geographical origin of Sherpa’s in eastern Tibet. They began to migrate in the 15th century, making a living for many centuries as traders, herders, and farmers.  Most Sherpas belong to the ancient Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism.  

Language and History

Sherpa’s are of Tibetan descent culture and speak a language called Sherpa, which is closely related to the form of Tibetan spoken in Tibet. The greatest number of Sherpa’s live in Eastern Nepal and speak Nepali in addition to their own language Sherpa. Most people whose livelihood depends on mountaineering also speak one or more languages of mountaineers and tourists.

Until the twentieth century Sherpas had not tried to climb the mountains of the region. Because they consider the mountains as houses of the gods. Later they accepted mountaineering a way of life.

Nepalese Sherpa Team makes the first successful climb of K2 in winter 2021

Nanga Parbat, the first highest mountain was climbed in 2016 after that K2 was the only eight-thousander awaiting a winter summit. A team of 10 Nepalese mountaineers has accomplished one of the most coveted achievements. The First Ascent of the World most dangerous and second highest mountain K2. Later this year on 16 Jan 2021 they have successfully ascended K2 in winter. One and only above 8000 m high never to have been climbed in the winter season. There had been six previous attempts on the mountain in winter and none of them successful.

Ten members of the K2 winter summit team

  • Nirmal Purja
  • Mingma Gyalje Sherpa
  • Gelje Sherpa
  • Mingma David Sherpa
  • Mingma Tenzi Sherpa
  • Dawa Temba Sherpa
  • Pem Chhiri Sherpa
  • Kilu Pemba Sherpa
  • Dawa Tenjing Sherpa
  • Sona Sherpa

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