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Khumbu: Country of the Sherpas

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Willan, R.G.M.
Journal: Unasylva
Volume: 21
Page(s): 3-9
Date: 1967
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8505
Sector: Social Organization
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): mountain regions
Abstract: "For many years the highest mountain in the world remained unconquered. During the 1920s and 1930s numerous expeditions attempted to climb the huge peak called Mount Everest by English geographers but without success; at last in 1953 the news was flashed to the world that the New Zealander Edmund Hillary and the Sherpa Tenzing Norgay had set foot on the summit. Long before this, however, members of the various climbing expeditions in the Himalayas had become acquainted with the Sherpas who live in the high country below Everest, a people of Tibetan origin who are believed to have crossed the high passes of the Himalayas into the region now known as Khumbu about two centuries ago."

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