Curly, Mo, and Lhakpa - Khumbu Region, Nepal
Sherpa siblings sporting easter bonnets smile in Phortse village, Everest region. Living amid Himalayan giants’ shadows, the Sherpas are Nepal’s most famous ethnic group. Most Sherpas work in the trekking and mountaineering industry guiding, portering, or running lodges. With exposure to foreigners, western clothing styles have replaced traditional ones. Cold temperatures, lack of running water, and a dwindling store of precious firewood make bathing and washing clothes a luxury.