We were told that to get this website LIVE we have had to write a blog post. It took us awhile sitting together staring into blank space to decide what we should be writing because this being the first post should be something life-changing, no? Unfortunately, we couldn’t think of anything life-changing at least not yet, but we traced back to why we wanted a blog feature on our website in the first place -to connect and share things we want our friends, our community and all beautiful being out there to know. So why not we share a bit more about ourselves here on our first post. Like the name of our company suggests – Sherpa Wonders, we’re a group of Sherpas and Locals who have a burning passion to share the Wonders of our country.
What or Who is Sherpa?
Today, Sherpa is often used by foreigners to refer to almost any guide or climbing crew hired for trek or expeditions in the Himalayas, regardless of their ethnicity. In fact, Sherpa is an ethnic group; we’re nomadic people who migrated to Nepal from Eastern Tibet before these two regions became separate countries. We reside mainly in Solukhumbu valley which is now a National Park and the starting point to scale the highest mountain in the world – Mount Everest.
What do Sherpa do and why are they famous?
You probably heard about Tenzing Norgay Sherpa; one of the first two individuals along with Edmund Hilary known to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953. Or maybe occasionally, you chanced upon one or many articles on Sherpas breaking the mountaineering world records. Sherpas are originally a footnote in the annals of mountaineering expeditions in early 60s, but now we surpass almost every nationality in summit records on every mountain in the Himalayas. Because that’s what we do and what we do best. We’re renowned in the international climbing and mountaineering community for our expertise and experience at very high altitudes. It is concluded that we have undergone genetic adaptation after living in one of the world’s highest regions for thousands of years, giving us an advantage in high-altitude mountaineering.
Why is everyone called Pasang, Lhakpa or Mingma?
The probability of everyone turning their heads when you holler your Sherpa guide’s name on the mountain is almost more than 50%. It’s the Sherpa custom of naming their children after the day in which they are born because we believe this place the child under the protection of that day’s deity. Hence, in a Sherpa community these are the name you will get: Monday – Dawa Tuesday- Mingma Wednesday – Lhakpa Thursday – Phurba Friday – Pasang Saturday – Pemba Sunday – Nima And our surname or last name will always be SHERPA.
Sherpa people sounds invincible but how are they like?
We may be breaking mountaineering records or on the news for our incredible skills but trust us, as much as we’re confidence of our skill, we remain humble and reserved for that we know this is a gift to us and there’s nothing we should be boastful of. We have a strong sense of community, whether we’re guiding a team up a mountain, or helping our neighbors at home. We always strive to be as warm, welcoming to strangers as we are to our friends – after all we believe everything on Earth are connected and we human beings are the child of Mother Earth. And, the reason why we believe leaving the Earth a better place than when we first arrived. We value loyalty and integrity the most and treat everyone fairly regardless of their pocketsize. Most important, one thing you will see in all Sherpa people is our quiet strength and determined resilience which we firmly believe has taken us far beyond the summit. We Are Sherpas. We hope you know a little bit more about us today.