The Khumbu area of the Himalaya is one of the most famous region in Nepal and is quite possibly of the whole Himalayan region. Not only does the area of Everest consist of the world’s highest mountains, but also is the homeland of many famous Sherpa climbers, undoubtedly the most legendary of mountain people. As Sagarmatha (mother of the universe), which the Nepalese call Everest, the Khumbu also boasts other 8,000 m Peaks including Lhotse, Cho-Oyu and Makalu. These areas are a trekking paradise and the unparalleled mountain splendors are indeed arguably the jewel in Nepal’s mountain crown.
Despite its huge potentiality of Himalayan range and having the biggest number of climbers in Khumbu, this place has been forgotten for the opportunities of having mountaineering schools. The government of Nepal and the leader of tourism organizations never thought of having school in Khumbu. However, the mountaineering school has been established so far in far-off Manang and also plan to start somewhere in Langtang, where the number of climbers are minimum and the possible sport center having ice climbing, rock climbing and snow climbing is not suitable nor appropriate for the climate available there. Khumbu is the only place where all the natural recourses such as ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing sights and snow climbing are available. In addition, the majority of biggest number of climbers come from this region.
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If the Sherpa mountaineering school is established in Khumbu, the local Sherpas do not need to go far away for the training so that the proper man power for the trekking and mountaineering can be produced within Khumbu in a much cheaper and affordable manner. This school would be really fair to the biggest number of climbers and their future generations. The Sherpas also get some job of giving a training as most of the climbing instructors are Sherpas in Nepal. Establishing such mountaineering schools in Khumbu area like Gumela can also produce the possibilities of job opportunities to the Sherpas and other locals in Khumbu, Nepal.
This would be an innovative and great idea which no one has started so far yet. Such initiations will give a real big mileage to Everest Sherpa Foundation. It would be a completely new idea in Khumbu and many of the new comers who are in climbing can benefit from this idea. The government of Nepal is going to start a mountaineering university, which is going to begin in the distance of 80 km south of Lukla. All the students from this university can also go to Sherpa Mountaineering School in Gumela and take the practical classes there. For further development plans, discussions with the Tourism Ministry is being processed at the moment.