Sherpa Life and Culture GO-Short 2017   

We just completed a successful trip in December 2015.  Next program. December 2017


The winter 2017/18 program will occur between  December  and January.  See the Details page (above) for more information.

As of early 2016, 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 2015 trip at the Mount Everest Base camp at 17,340’


six SU students and three staff successfully completed the second Sherpa Life trip in January 2016.