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  • Locations: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Program Terms: Winter, Winter (Round 2)
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: SU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
Sherpa Life

Offered Winter 2018/2019
Mid-December - Mid/early-January
8 spaces
This unique program centers around a life-changing two-week trek through the Himalayas. Students can expect to gain insight into the role of geography and culture in the lives of Nepalese and especially Sherpa people and experience the challenges of trekking in a high-altitude environment as well as understand clear examples of the effects of climate change. Logistics are managed by a local Sherpa-owned and operated family guiding business with over 25 years of experience arranging programs such as this.

Prerequisites: BIOL 560: Life at High Altitude
Other requirements: Must be fit, adventurous and ready for a unique cross-cultural experience
Should be comfortable hiking between 5-6 hours with daily net elevation gains and losses of 1,000-3,000 feet. You will trek across rocky, uneven and sometimes steep terrain with considerable exposure to heights and will probably encounter freezing temperatures. Items of personal equipment are very important for the successful and enjoyable completion of this program. A comprehensive equipment list will be provided.
Program Directors:
David S. Richard, Professor of Biology
Alison Richard, Registrar
Program Costs:
To find the last program fee, click on "Budget Sheet" above. Note that program fees are recalculated before every program.

The GO Short Program Cost includes international flights, meals, activity fees, and transportation in the host country.

Some estimated additional personal expenses may include laundry, toiletries, purchase of personal items and resources. 
Please note that you are responsible for getting to the departure airport.
Student Quotes:
Yes it will be cold at times, yes it will be tough at times, but everything I went through made me a stronger person both mentally and physically. Couldn't be happier with the experience; Nepal really is the most beautiful place in the world! --Tyler Phillips, 2017/2018 Program

I had imagined that we would see bits and pieces of Nepali culture such as religion, language and even art, but I had never imagined that we would begin to understand so many aspects of their lifestyle.  By seeing a culture so much different from my own, I saw culture in an entirely different light. --Amy Kaschak, 2015/2016 Program

Going on this trip is not only physically demanding but mentally as well.  With that being said, it is the best trip you can go on at Susquehanna.  You get to hike the most beautiful terrain in the world.  I didn’t choose this trip; this trip chose me. --Jack Olson, 2015/2016 Program

When you are there, talk to the guides, become best friends with them, learn from them.  They are the most caring people ever.I don’t regret a moment spent with our guides; they were wonderful.  Lastly, have a good attitude and don’t complain; you are choosing to do this! --Mike Stankus, 2015/2016 Program
sherpa life hiking
sherpa life groupPhotos provided by David Richard

About GO Short
Through intentional programming, students make the most of their short-term study abroad on GO Short programs. You will study away with Susquehanna faculty/staff leading a small group of Susquehanna classmates, all of whom have participated in the program’s preparation (i.e. GO Prep) course in the semester prior to departure. After an intensive, active program, there is a reflection course for the program to optimize your cross-cultural learning. As these programs run during winter or summer breaks and are 2-6 weeks, they are great opportunities for students to study away without committing to a full semester.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.