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Everest, land of the Sherpas

Listed under Traditional Cultures in Mount Everest, Nepal.

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There's much more to Everest than just looking at the highest mountain in the world - although that is clearly one of the highlights. But this high altitude valley, known as Khumbu, is also the homeland of the Sherpas. These tough highlanders became famous for their exploits climbing the Himalayan mountains, where their adaptation to the altitude made them indispensible for climbing expeditions to have any chance of reaching the summit. Their name means in Tibetan 'People from the East' as they were originally nomads from Eastern Tibet who crossed the Himalaya 5 centuries ago and settled in Khumbu. Their culture and religion is a form of Tibetan Buddhism, and there are several temples on the route to Everest - the most interesting ones are worth the detour off the main track. When travelling to this area, it is always a good idea to take a Sherpa guide if you can, as you will get introductions to friends and relatives along the way, and get a glimpse into this fascinating community.

Written by  Elaine Brook.

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How much would it cost for two weeks at Mt. Everest?

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Hi Rheannen, it's going to be VERY dependent on who you travel with and what you want to do while you're there. This link has some options for you: www.worldreviewer.com/holiday/all/in-nepal

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