Susquehanna Students Trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp
Published on December 24, 2013
Seven Susquehanna University students are spending part of their winter break exploring the cultural, geographical and physiological aspects of the life of the Sherpa people in the mountain kingdom of Nepal.
Led by David Richard, professor of biology and associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, the group left the United States Dec. 15 for the two-week cross-cultural experience in Nepal. They have met the physical and mental challenge of trekking in a high-altitude environment, to Kala Patthar, at 18,540 feet in the shadow of Mount Everest at 29,029 feet. During the climb, they observed examples of the effects of climate change. The study group is also visiting Buddhist and Hindu temples and other points of cultural significance in Kathmandu.
The students took a prerequisite course during the fall semester, Life at High Altitude, and will complete a reflection course after they return to campus, thus meeting the university’s cross-cultural requirement. Through the Global Opportunities (GO) program, all Susquehanna students spend a minimum of two weeks in a culture different from their own, either in the U.S. or abroad. GO Nepal is one of more than 100 options available in 40 countries on six continents.
In 2013, Susquehanna University received the Andrew Heiskell Award for Internationalizing the Campus in recognition of the GO program’s value to students. As a result of their individual GO experience and the global perspectives shared in campus classrooms after their return, students graduate from the university better prepared to compete and collaborate in a diverse and increasingly connected world.