The Publishers of SherpaTrek.com Document Himalayan First-Hand Experience
SherpaTrek.com, the uniquely authentic online resource for trekking in Nepal, announces the return of its publishing team from hiking the Himalayan mountain trails and the documentation of their first-hand experiences among the Sherpa people.
(PRWEB) November 1, 2005 -- After a month of hiking the steep mountain trails leading to the base of Mount Everest in Eastern Nepal, the publishing team of SherpaTrek.com returned home late Monday night. Building on their mission to open up the exciting experience of Nepal to the outside world, they departed for that fascinating land last month to document their experiences first-hand through an ongoing weblog on SherpaTrek.com . Their journey brought them to Kathmandu, Nepal, and on to the Eastern Khumbu region, with an arduous, high-elevation climb to over 18,000 feet to reach the base of Mount Everest. The team members recorded their experiences with personal insight and were able to upload their reports almost daily to the SherpaTrek.com weblog.
"One of my life's passions has been the documentation, promotion, and enabling of the inspiring Sherpas of the Himalayas. That is just what we are achieving with SherpaTrek.com," said Richard Christiansen, Himalaya trekking enthusiast and founder of SherpaTrek.com. "Sharing first-hand the amazing experiences of Nepal through our weblog will go a long way to open up the natural and cultural wonders to the rest of the world."
SherpaTrek.com is an exhaustive and authoritative information source on the Sherpa way of life and the adventure of hiking in the Himalayas. Drawing from personal accounts of Sherpa people, SherpaTrek.com provides information on all aspects of Sherpa culture, little known and unique facts about life in Nepal, and advice on visiting Nepal for a trekking adventure. It is a guidebook for anyone seeking further insight and behind-the-scenes views of mountain trekking in the beautiful Himalayas.
Over their four weeks under way in Nepal the team gained great respect for the hard-working porters who carry heavy loads along the length of the trail, and for the humble Sherpa villagers who work the land and make generous accommodations for the many Western visitors. Starting at the trailhead at 9,000 feet in Lukla, the group hiked up to 18,000 feet to the summit of Kala Patthar, with a perfect view of Mount Everest, as well as many other spectacular towering summits. "It was a once in a lifetime challenge for me to travel so far and to test myself against extremes of the mountains," said SherpaTrek writer Daniel Washburn. "I was amazed to see the people who live that challenge all the time."
The team members spent many cold nights next to wood burning stoves sharing stories and cultural exchange with their new Sherpa friends. Richard Christiansen's two young sons helped immensely to break the ice by sharing their boisterous games with the children they met in the villages. The team met many other visitors to the Khumbu region and volunteers who were involved in improving the health and economic opportunities for the Eastern Nepalese. Through all of these unique encounters the SherpaTrek.com team have built a meaningful and fascinating resource for insight into understanding this once mysterious kingdom of the Himalaya.
Close friend and Veteran Mt. Everest guide Pema Dorje Sherpa led the group through the full length of the trek. Pema has worked on expeditions since 1974, and has successfully led groups to the summit of Mt. Everest three times. He has already shared many of his memorable experiences with writer Daniel Washburn to add to the richness and depth of the SherpaTrek.com website. Pema said, "I have gotten to know the world by making so many good friends from the whole world. Now I hope the people from the whole world will get to know my home Nepal from this website."
SherpaTrek.com is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mountain Grabbers, and is an innovative online information source for the hiking lifestyle and the culture of the Sherpa people. Mountain Grabbers also produces a line of mountain gear that is manufactured and inspired by the Sherpa people high in the Himalaya of Nepal. Headquartered in Spanish Fork, Utah, Mountain Grabbers recognizes the opportunity to share the fascinating culture of the Sherpa people. They aim to educate the world on the wonderful Sherpa people through SherpaTrek.com and enable the Sherpa people with better economic opportunities.