Photos of Sherpa villages in northern Nepal

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Sherpa villages in northern Nepal

The Sherpas, a Himalayan people, are Buddhists and speak a Tibeto-Burman language mixed with eastern and central Tibetan dialects. They have won fame as guides and porters for mountain-climbing expeditions, accustomed to living at high altitudes. Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay guided the New Zealand mountaineer and explorer Edmund Hillary to the summit of Mount Everest on 29 May 1953; the first climbers confirmed to have accomplished this.

Senam dishing food
Sifting grain
Chorten, above Timbu
Mani stone wall
View with a chorten
Ceiling painting in a Khani
House in Kakani Helambu
House in Kakani Helambu
Mani stone wall, Tarke Ghyang
Mani stone wall, Tarke Ghyang
Chorten and prayer flags, Tarke Ghyang
Himalaya view, Tarke Ghyang
Small courtyard, Tarke Ghyang
Nature around Tarke Ghyang
Flowers with a bee
View to Tarke Ghyang
Playing volleyball, Tarke Ghyang
Sherpa carriers, Tarke Ghyang
Pasang churning butter tea
Purpa making pancakes
Tarke Ghyang. morning fog
View to Tarke Ghyang
Timba studying Buddhist texts
Boys, Tarke Ghyang
View near Tarke Ghyang
View near Tarke Ghyang
Foot path near Tarke Ghyang
Women with carrying baskets
View to Chimigyang
Chimigyang village
View to Melamchi from Sermathang
Houses and clouds, Sermathang
View towards Langtang
Village of Sermathang
Between Sermathang to Melamchi
Old chortens

The Helambu trek leads north, past small Sherpa villages like Timbu and Kakani, passing Chortens, Lamaist shrines, and important religious monuments in Tibetan Buddhism, symbolising Buddha’s presence. A Mani stone wall, with stone plates carved with the six-syllabled mantra of Avalokiteshvara (Om mani padme hum), as a form of prayer in Tibetan Buddhism, stands at the entrance to Tarke Ghyang, one of the largest Sherpa villages.

From Tarke Ghyang, another path leads via Chimigyang to Sermathang, the southernmost Sherpa village; compared to Tarke Ghyang, the houses are widely spaced. From here, the view is to Langtang, another trekking destination. The trail then leads down to Melamchi and further south, linking it with the highway to Kathmandu.