- The mountain is the holiest place to Sherpas
In the Tibetan language, “Sher” means east, “pa” means people, so, Sherpa means “Eastern People”. It’s an ethnic group from the most mountainous region of Nepal, the Himalayas. Live in the shadow of this holy mountain, Sherpas are known as the “guide to Everest”. They consider it as the Mother Goddess of the World, that’s why they call it Chomolungma. Everest is such a sacred ground to them that there must be a ceremony held before they start climbing. They believe their God lives on the mountain and they have to ask permission and protection from God. Thus, they can get a successful summit without harm. This kind of ceremony is called Puja, and it becomes a traditional event not only for Sherpas but also for all the mountaineers from the world. A Puja before Everest expedition marks the official beginning of an adventure. No Sherpa would start the Everest climbing without conducting this special ceremony first.
- Two main routes to the summit of Everest
There are plentiful routes that can lead you to the summit of Everest, but the most available choices are two, one is climbing from the south side of the mountain in Nepal, another is the north side in Tibet, China. Hillary and Norgay took the south route when they made their history of the first ascent. Over centuries, most Mountaineers followed their footsteps and got the majority of successful summiteers. That makes the south route turn into the most popular route to climb. Compared with the south one, the north route that controlled by China is not the first choice to many people due to the worse situation challenge. Khumbu Icefall is a dangerous spot located above Base Camp from the south route. Many climbers have been stopped by it on their way to the summit of Everest. On the north ridge of the mountain, people must deal with the special rock steps, which a ladder is installed to help climbers during the ascent. People can easily fall without this ladder. So, you can just image how scary it is.
- Everest is not that lethal as you’ve been told
You may read from many mainstream media that there are numbers of deaths caused by a trip to Everest summit every year. So, you must be curious why people go after this danger while they know it comes with death. And, it may successfully stop your desire of climbing on this holy mountain. But, let’s see this report—more than 600 people reached the summit of Everest and 9 people died in the pursuit during the spring climbing season in 2013. Although it’s very sad for the loss, we must see the rate of death is 1.5%. This number is much less in comparison to Annapurna, which has a death rate that is closer to 38%. So, please drop your fear and believe that you can have a fruitful journey to Everest once you have a good body condition and in a proper instruction of an experienced guide, like we mentioned before, Sherpas. You will be definitely inspired by this lifetime challenge.
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