Sherpas are often considered synonymous to Mount Everest especially after the winning climb to the summit by Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa. Right after the 1953 Hillary-Norgay summit, the sherpas suddenly got exposed to an international level of recognition & fame. They started to be reputed as being the best for Himalayan mountaineering & continue to be considered the best. Other Sherpas to have set incredible mountain records include, Apa Sherpa, Ming Kipa Sherpa, Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa, Babu Chhiri Sherpa & Pasang Lhambu Sherpa.
Because of the reputation of Sherpas as being chosen inhabitants of the mountains or mystical gods of nature, most sherpas strive to maintain their respect for the mountain. Owing to their inhabitation in the altitudes for generations, the Sherpas have developed a genetic strength & vigor so that they can climb up to the heights of 8,000 meters with the least of efforts. This is a major reason for Sherpas to be excellent guides during alpine style Himalayan expeditions.
The easy going & happy-go-lucky Sherpas are known to take great pride in what they call to be their mountaineering heritage. But this heritage also has its share of dangers since the mountain expeditions carry a high risk of injury & death. In fact, estimates reveal that over a third of the mountain fatalities are usually the Sherpas.
Although the Sherpas are recognized for their mountaineering skills, they most often lack the acknowledgement received by the Westerners. However, for these mountain inhabitants, their religious beliefs are far more significant than cheap praise earned by the successful climbers.