Every year, over 1,000 climbers come to Mount Everest to scale its peak. While these enthusiasts come from different parts of the globe, there is one thing common among all of them—Sherpas, leading their way to the top. Sherpas, a small Nepalese ethnic group, have lived in the high altitudes of the Himalayas for generations. Often called ‘superhumans’, this extraordinary group is famous for their renowned climbing skills, superior physical and mental strength, and unique endurance at high altitudes. Sherpas act as guides and porters, and do everything from carrying the heavy ladders and securing the climbing routes to setting up the camps at high altitudes.
Sherpas have a lot to teach, to those who dream of climbing the Everest, and even the regular folks who only have heard the brave stories of the Everest expeditions. Here are some of the life lessons Sherpas can teach you:
Don’t be a hoarder
As guides and expert mountaineers, Sherpas suggest their fellow climbers to not hoard anything they don’t require to make the climb easier. This advice can be implemented in daily life too.
We all have a habit of hoarding—some hoard material possessions, while others emotions and the scathing memories of the past. Both can slow you down in life’s long journey. Lay all your extra burdens, material and emotional possessions out in the open and decide which one do you need and why, a rule that the bestselling author and tidying expert, Marie Kondo recommends as a sure way of resettling your life.
Food is your fuel, not an indulgence
Sherpas consider food as the fuel for their body and not something that one should obsessively indulge in. They believe in maintaining their health, physical strength, and superiority through this fuel—eating protein-rich, organic, nutritious food. Most Sherpas, especially mountaineers, do not consume alcohol or smoke—they respect their body instead of abusing it with such indulgences. And their body returns the favour by helping them endure the harsh conditions of the Everest.