Sherpa Life and Culture GO-Short   

December 2015 (Applications open March 23rd)


This GO Short program focused on the cultural, geographical and physiological aspects of the life of the Sherpa people in the mountain kingdom of Nepal while providing a challenging physical experience that in itself was life-defining for the participants.

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. an opportunity to increase their cultural knowledge of this country, its peoples and the differences with the United States,

  3. experience of trekking in a high-altitude environment. Our high point is Kala Patthar at 18,540’ in the shadow of Sagarmatha (Mount Everest) at 29,029’ (note that we do not approach the Khumbu Icefall on our program)

  4. clear examples of the effects of climate change,

  5. service learning opportunities with an orphanage in Kathmandu

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.  If you want to talk to a student about the trip, contact her by email (  

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.