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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.Sherpa Life & Culture

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. 17, 2015, and  Jan. 6, 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

Visit the Sherpa Life and Culture website.


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