Home of the Sherpas

Most of the Sherpas live in the eastern portion of Nepal although
some live further west in the Rowaling Valley and in the region north of Kathmandu. The oldest Sherpa village in Nepal is Pangboche, believed to be about 300 years old. The Sherpas speak their own language which is similar to a dialect of Tibetan.

Traditionally, they are traders and farmers; most of their produce is high altitudes potatoes, barley, wheat and buckwheat. The Sherpas also inhabit the towns of Darjeeling and Kalimpong in India. In the most recent census there wee more than 150,000 Sherpas in India, of which 92% were Buddhists.

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