Sherpa

The Sherpa are an ethnic group located in the highest mountainous region of Nepal-up in the Himalayas.

The Tibetan “shar” means East and “pa” means people so that the entire name means eastern people. The Sherpa people migrated from Eastern Tibet to Nepal within the last five hundred years. A female Sherpa is known as a Sherpani.

The term “sherpa” also refers to the local people that are employed as both guides and porters for mountaineering expeditions to the Himalayas. They are considered excellent mountaineers and experts as to the local terrain. A sherpa may or may not be a Sherpa-belonging to the ethnic group.

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