Sherpa Life and Culture GO-Short   

Please keep the people of Nepal in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Donate to the Susquehanna University Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund

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International Red Cross



It is too soon following the recent earthquake in Nepal to make a decision about the winter 2015/16 program but as it stands now, we are keeping our options open and are planning to go. It is likely that the nature and itinerary of the program will change to reflect the events and may include a greater service component.  We would work with our colleagues in Nepal to identify a suitable project where we could contribute to the relief effort without being a burden on their resources.

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; 

 •service learning opportunities in Kathmandu or in the Khumbu

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

•experience of trekking in a high-altitude environment. 

•clear examples of the effects of climate change

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 who was on the 2014 trip 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.

(Some spaces still available for the December 2015 program: the second period for applications opens June 2nd- see MySU for details)