Sherpa Life and Culture
This GO Short program will focus on the cultural, geographical and physiological aspects of the life of the Sherpa people in the mountain kingdom of Nepal while providing a challenging physical experience that in itself will be life-defining for the participants.
Location: Kathmandu and the Khumbu Valley, Nepal. This program will give students insight into the role of culture and geography in the lives of Sherpa people, experience trekking in a high-altitude environment (our high point is Kala Patthar at 18,540 feet in the shadow of Mount Everest at 29,029 feet), and clear examples of the effects of climate change.
Dates: Exact dates to be determined in October 2015. Program will run between Dec. 14, 2015, and Jan. 9, 2016, and will last approximately 20 days (including travel days).
Prerequisite: Biology 560: Life at High Altitude
Academic credit: Two semester hours, this program and reflection course following it satisfy the GO requirement
Majors of interest: Open to any major. This trip is suitable for students who are fit, adventurous and ready for a unique cross-cultural experience
Application: More information will be posted soon
Cost: $6,500, includes activities, accommodation, airfare and meals.
Financial aid: Need-based financial aid may be available for students satisfying the GO requirement
Program Directors: David S. Richard, associate dean of arts and sciences and professor of biology, and Terence M. Brennan, assistant men's soccer coach