Mountains, they are the composition of heaven; in fact, we can even label them as heaven because of their astonishing beauty. You fail to even realize it but the mesmerizing beauty of those gigantic peaks takes away your soul. They are so extraordinary and marvellous that you can’t stop yourself from dreaming of getting lost into the vast depths of the peaks and conquering them. Those snowy mountain peaks always welcome you with a warm smile whether it is for Base Camp Trekking, Mountaineering, expedition or Peak climbing. Alike everything mountains as well possess positive and negative aspects. Besides its pristine personality, it also has an extremely dangerous face. This can only be tackled by the resilient ethnic group of Nepal called Sherpas, one of the oldest ethnic groups of Nepal with their own culture, customs, festivals and traditions. They are the ones mostly residing under the lap of all those enormous peaks and one of the best guides for expedition in the world. There are so many facts and factors which we are unknown about those strong hearted people. Some of which are listed below:
Sherpas are not Porters:
Most of the people misunderstand Sherpas as the porters available in the mountain regions of Nepal but it’s not the truth. However, some of them might work as porter during expedition but this doesn’t mean that they are porters. They act so being more familiar to the expedition route. Besides that you get to observe that the best guides for expeditions are and can only be Sherpas. Climbing mountains is in their blood and therefore, their cup of tea. And because mountains are their home they are well-known to the peaks and they know the snowy rocks really well.
Survive even when Low in Oxygen:
Being born, raised and established in the mountains for many years, their body adapts the harsh environment very well. This is the reason why they can easily breathe while in the high altitude with low level of oxygen in hand. It is believed that they have migrated into Nepal about 6 decades ago.
Sherpas are known for their bravery throughout the world. Even if it’s early in the morning and they have just woken up from bed, they have that spirit and courage to climb those huge peaks. Whereas, our heart trembles even on a thought of it and it remains as just a dream to a normal person. Although the path being rough and tough, Sherpas are brave enough to put a pleasant smile on their face which inspires and motivates a lot of climbers during the journey to move forward.
We all know that the first person who reached at the top of the world being Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. They are the people who conquered Mt. Everest for the first time in 1953. This tradition was followed by Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa, both climbed Mt. Everest 21 times, which enabled them to set the record. Breaking the record of Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa, a climber was Kami Rita Sherpa reached the top 22 times. The number of Sherpas climbing Mt. Everest and the times they climb is growing constantly.
Reason for Mountaineering:
Sherpas are the people who always hold numerous records of reaching the Summit but never came on limelight as they don’t do it for name and fame. They are the backbone of any expedition group and climb mountains along risking their life. Some of the climbers may take the risk as per their interest and preference but most of them do it as part of their occupation. Their life is harsh living in the Himalayas and this is the only way for many to generate money and improve their lifestyle. The risk pays them for their basic requirements and brings happiness and contentment in the family. Thus, at the end of the day it is all worth the risk.