Nepal – Sherpa

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On the Himalaya May is climbing season. But this year no one will reach the world’s highest peak. On April 18 an avalanche swept away sixteen Nepalese porters, causing the ever most tragic event in Everest history. In consequence of this, porters have decided to give up the alpine season and claim for better insurance conditions in case of accidents. Stopping a million-dollar business has thrown limelight upon the “Sherpa” as did only Tenzin Norgay – the porter who guided Edmund Hillary up to Mount Everest’s top for the very first time. Sherpa is the name of East Nepal people and is commonly used to indicate the porters operating on the Himalaya even under 5,000 meter level. A job prevalent in a country which does not offer many opportunities even to educated people. Sherpa carry whatever is necessary for Himalayan tourism, the major economic asset for Nepal, which in 2013 accounted for 370 million dollars income. Men, women and children paid according to the weight they are ready to carry, often more than that even a mule would reject.

 

Sherpa on Everest Base Camp trek. They can carry up 80kgSherpa climbing Lamajura La (Everest Base Camp trek). Some of them wear sandals even on the snowSherpa having rest under the snow on the way to Traksindo La (Everest Base Camp trek)Gatlang village (Langtang region)Thuman village people blessing the ground where a new house has to be erected (Langtang region)Tamang family in Briddim village (Langtang region)Tamang leaning on his home's window ledge in Timure villageYoung sherpa climbing Salpa LaSherpa on the way to Junbesi (Everest Base Camp trek)Kiru Kumar Rai on the Traksindo LaPhurtyang village after a snow fall. Everest is the third pick from the leftSherpa on Everest Base Camp trekAlong the Everest Base Camp trekSherpa on the way to Lamajura La (Everest Base Camp trek)Tourists at Poon Hill on the Annapurna Sanctuary trekSherpa climbing Lamajura La (Everest Base Camp trek)Avalanche on AnnapurnaSherpa in Garwal region, IndiaLamajura LaAlong the Everest Base Camp trekYoung sherpa working on the Everest Base Camp trekSherpa in Darjeeling, IndiaSherpa on the Everest Base Camp trekSherpa on the Annapurna Sanctuary trekA shop offering pony to tired tourist on the Annapurna Sanctuary trekSherpa on the Annapurna Sanctuary trekSunrise on the Annapurna mountain chainSherpa on the Everest Base Camp trek

Sull’Himalaya, maggio è la stagione delle scalate. Ma quest’anno nessuno raggiungerà la vetta più alta del Pianeta. Il 18 aprile una valanga ha ucciso sedici portatori nepalesi, causando il peggiore incidente nella storia dell’Everest. A seguito della tragedia, i portatori hanno deciso di interrompere la stagione alpinistica, per rivendicare migliori condizioni assicurative in caso d’infortunio. L’arresto di un business che muove ogni anno milioni di dollari, ha reso celebri gli “sherpa” come aveva fatto solo Tenzin Norgay – il portatore che nel 1953 guidò l’alpinista Edmund Hillary in cima all’Everest per la prima volta nella storia. Nome della popolazione tradizionale del Nepal orientale, il termine sherpa è usato per riferirsi a tutti i portatori impiegati sull’Himalaya, anche sotto i 5mila metri. Un mestiere tra i più diffusi in un Paese che offre poche alternative anche a chi possiede un’istruzione. Gli sherpa trasportano tutto ciò che serve ad alimentare il turismo himalayano, settore principe dell’economia nepalese (nel 2013 valeva 370milioni di dollari). Uomini, donne e bambini pagati in base al peso che sono disposti a caricare, spesso più di quanto sopporterebbe un mulo.

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