“Today, mountaineering and tourism have almost completely replaced traditional trade and farming to became the backbone of the Khumbu economy”


                     Khumbu Icefall in Nepal, a region known to any a trekker as the gateway to the world’s highest mountain, is one of three sub-regions that from the sherpa settlement in the Himalayas. With peaks that range between 3,300m and 8,848m, Khumbu Icefall’s fragile landscape and ethinic villages have attracted visitors from around the globe. Today, mountaineering and tourism have almost completely replaced traditional trade and farming to became the backbone of the Khumbu economy and culture.

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                  A closer look reveals Lmja Lake, created only in the last century by a colossal retreat of the last country by a colossal retreat of the Lmja glacier something during the 1970’s . What was once a mere scattering of afew ponds, is now cited by researchers as a potential disaster for khumbu — an outburst would sweep away many a downstream settlement, destroy infrastructure and jeopardise communities, and forever destroy parts of an ancient culture. There is plenty of information regarding the possible consequences of this and other glacial lake outbursts in the Khumbu region, but there is very little documentation of the human aspect: How do Khumbu pepole perceive this treat?

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                A clear separation of opinions  and attitude seems to exist. One group is not sure about the signs of change; it is restless and angry, demanding scientific solutions. The other group believes that if they stop angering the gods that live in mountains and valleys and rivers and lakes, the apocalypse as described in sherpa scriptures — during which nine suns will fill the sky and melt the Earth–  will be deferred until a later time, when, once more, people forget their Dharma, and became deserving of such an Infernal end.


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            Ang kanchhi sherpa saves lives. For 32 years, her home in Debuche has often been the place where many Home trekkers imagine they will breathe their last: from as far away as Gorakshep, people stumble to Ang Kanchhi with their sickness and injuries. she heals them; they remain grateful forever. “although people today have became more intelligent, have more knowledge, they have also become weaker than people of the past. In the old days, all food came from the fields, you knew what you ate, everything was fresh. Now, everything is packaged in a factory — who knows what goes into the food? people these days look cleaner, wear nice clothes, but they have a lot of stress. Their minds are more disturbed. There were no cases of jaundice or diabetes among sherpa, but now sherpa have diabetes!. All kind of people come to the Khumbu Icefall and mix with Sherpa, bringing diseases.”



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         Nawang Rapta Sherpa is a soft-spoken,timed monk and handyman at this village’s, monastery in Thame. The monastery is building a hotel to supplement its income what they get from the community barely sustains them for two months. Nawang has painted the windows red and green. “In the old days, the monastery would lend money to families, who would then travel to Tibet or India to trade. They would then repay the monastery and add to its wealth. But fewer people live in the village now. Nobody needs the monastery’s money. Fewer people send their children to the monastery to live as lama or thawa. without families to support us through donations, we have no income. We need steady income to take care of the aeging Thawas and Iamas. I hope this lodge will help with that, because none of out traditional sources of income work any more.”


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There is no commercial benefit in keeping Yak and Nak any more. Who wants to chase after cattle and live in remote pastures when they can join the tourism industry? When old men who kept yak die, their sons sell off the herd within two, three months. The  yak was part of the culture, but tourism is killing it off. Yak nak are mating and calving earlier than usual . Their time to head north has changed by almost two weeks. Everything  is changing around them. If nothing is done soon enough, the Yak will be found only on old poscards about Khumbu.


Khumbu icefall                   Subodh Narayan Chaudhary  has taught in the solu region for over 13 years. He coordinates the Eco Club at Pangboche Primary School, where he teaches science and maths. He teaches fourth graders about natural calamities and our ole in creating or mitigating such disasters. He is painfully aware of being an utsider. “Porters from outside khumbu have no love for khumbu. They throe rubbish irresponsibly. They burn juniper unfortunately, we haven’t included them in our effort to clean up the trails. You probably saw children everywhere eating packaged noodles. People recycled the plastic packaging into sitting stools enough. Sometimes we ask the children to draw pictures comparing the past and present. They ask their elders and draw. Pictures of the past show much snow, snow leopards, forests, musk deer. Pictures of now are barren, black from lack of snow, without animals. Isn’t that evidence of global warming?”

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                 Air India Express, Jet Airways, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia and Emirates are has daily  flights to Bhadrapur (BDP)  from from all metroploitan cities in India other countries. Once you reach Bhadrapur Airport, from their by bus to reach Kathmandu nearly 3 hrs travels and finally you can reach Khumbu.


        Panorama Lodge and Restaurant, Everest Summit Lodge Lukla, Everest Summit Lodge Monjo, Everest Summit Lodge Pangboche are some of the star hotels available in Khumbu location.




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