Sherpa Life and Culture GO-Short 2015   

Application opens August 31: we still have a couple of spaces available-Open to all majors.


The winter 2015/16 program will occur between  approximately December 17 to January 6.  See the Details page (above) for more information.

As pf August, the aftershocks from the recent earthquake have subsided and it appears that they will not affect our program.  However it is likely that the nature and itinerary of the program will change to include a greater service component.

This GO Short program focuses on the culture, geography and physiology of the life of the Sherpa people in the mountain kingdom of Nepal.

This program is open to all majors and will give students; 

  1. •greater insight into the role of geography and culture in the lives of Nepalese, especially Sherpa people, 

  2. •experience of trekking in a high-altitude environment, 

  3. •clear examples of the effects of climate change. 

  4. •service learning opportunities in Kathmandu or in the Khumbu,

For more details, please contact

David S. Richard PhD. 

Professor of Biology,

Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences: 


Read a student blog from the 2014 trip

Emily Rowlands was featured on the cover of Themis, the  Zeta Tau Alpha magazine.  Contact her for a student perspective (  

Susquehanna Students on the 2013 trip approaching the Mount Everest Base camp at 17,340’ on December 29th, 2013 (above)


Seven SU students and three staff successfully completed the first Sherpa Life trip in January 2014.