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Program Description:
 Photo Credit: David Richard
Offered Winter 2018/2019
Mid-December - Mid/early-January
8 spaces
About Sherpa Life and Culture:

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.
  • Prerequisite: 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
  • Financial aid: Need-based aid may be available
  • Directors: David S. Richard, Professor of Biology
  • Check out the Sherpa Life Facebook page and webpage
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
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.
sherpa life group
sherpa life hiking
Photo Credits: David Richard

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2018-2019 04/15/2018 04/27/2018 12/19/2018 01/08/2019