Meet the Sherpas
Over 500 years ago a group of Tibetan Buddhists known
as the Sherpas moved from Tibet to the Everest region
of Nepal in order to be closer to the mountain they
hold sacred, Mt. Everest. Well known for their physical
strength at high altitudes, Sherpas have historically
played key roles in Everest climbing expeditions. Today,
Sherpas make up one quarter of the total number of people climbing
Mt. Everest. They also account for one third of the lives
lost on the mountain. One of the best-known Sherpas
was Tenzing Norgay. He and Sir Edmund Hillary were
the first men to reach the top of Mt. Everest.
To learn more about Sherpa culture, including traditions
and customs, food, jobs, and much more, check out NOVA's
site about the Sherpas.
To learn more about Sherpa culture, including traditions and customs, food, jobs, and much more, check out NOVA's site about the Sherpas.
Photo: Anne B. Keiser
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