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stalls found along the trekking trails
walls built as resting places for porters and Sherpa.
These walls can usually be found near a banyan
Sherpa name for Mt. Everest. Chomolungma's resident
goddess is Miyo Lungsangma. She is the mother goddess
of the earth. According to a religious story, father
Lhola Tebu and mother Menthang had five daughters:
Tashi Tseringma, the main one who resides on Gauri
Shanker, gives long life; Miyo Lungsangma gives food;
Tekar Dosangma gives good fortune; Chopen Dinsangma
gives wealth and Thingi Shelsangma gives telepathic
fissure in snow or ice usually found in glaciers.
Climbers rope-up together and walk far apart in case
one drops into a hidden crevasse, others on the rope
may be able to stop the fall.
term for a cirque. The high, glaciated, southwest
valley encircled by Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse was
named the Western Cwm by George Mallory on a 1920
on a ridge
male crossbreed between a yak and a cow
Positioning System; a device that calculates
opposition and elevation by reading and decoding
signals from satellites
arch over a trail, usually decorated with
near Mount Everest. The Khumbu glacier runs down and
below the southwest side of Everest.
or foothill ridge
"the place at the foot of the hill"
name for Everest, meaning "churning stick in the
sea of existence." Tibetan, Nepalese and Sherpa
mythologies believe this mountain was the first land
mass to rise from the sea.
from the East." Both a tribal group and a job
description for porter, climber or trek leader.
Sherpas have been crucial to the success of most
Western expeditions to Everest.
Sherpa. In 1993, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa was the first
Sherpani to ever summit Everest. Through her, fame and
pride shone on the Sherpa people.
in charge of trek crew
used to help carry loads in high altitude regions. On
an Everest expedition, each yak carries 140 pound of
abominable snowman living amidst the Himalayas. Yetis
can be found populating many contemporary tankas.
or goods used as a donation, gift, or bribe
place in the forest
conical load-carrying basket
or ethnic group
greeting. Literally, "I salute the god in
of one Rupee
of currency in Nepal. Roughly 55 Rupees to the US
taxi similar to a rickshaw found throughout the
streets in Kathmandu