Alpine Based Cultural Groups
Sherpa, in literal terms, means people of the east in the Tibetan language.
Originally from Tibet about 500 years ago they have a close affinity with the
Tibetan language, culture and religion. Sherpas major occupations include
agriculture, animal husbandry, trade and have become famous for
mountaineering. Today they are know worldwide for their skill and hardiness.
They follow Buddhism as their major religion.
The settlement of these people is considered the highest of any living
group in the world. These people live beyond the mountains, west of the Kali Gandaki river valley. These people practice Buddhist customs.