Namaste means a very polite and respectful way of greeting people in Nepal.
My name is Lhakpa Sherpa, and I would like to welcome you to Sherpa House Restaurant and Cultural Center. My family and I are delighted to present our authentic Himalayan cuisine and traditional Sherpa culture to you. Our interior decor is an authentic representation of a typical Sherpa house in the Solu-Khumbu region of Nepal. Artifacts have been placed in traditional locations in the household, consisting of a family living room with kitchen, a shrine room and a gallery room. Sherpas in the Himalaya have been living in these types of households for centuries.
Sherpas are probably the most recognizable ethnic population within Nepal. Literally living at the top of the world, Sherpas are born mountaineers. Their legendary mountaineering prowess and their hardiness initially brought them into prominence in mountaineering circles. Sherpa climber Tenzing Norgay accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary on his pioneering climb of Mt. Everest in 1953.
Our ancestors originally came from eastern Tibet, crossing the Nangpa La pass at 5,900 m (19,100 ft), about five centuries ago. The word "Sherpa" literally means people from the east. They settled in the Solu-Khumbu region of Nepal, southern gateway to Mt Everest. Given our heritage, we practice the Tibetan form of Buddhism. Before coming into contact with western civilization, Sherpas were mainly farmers, yak herders and traders. They transported grains, cotton clothes, irons and paper from the south to barter for salt, wool, sheep and artifacts in Tibet. Sherpas are known as hardworking, honest, friendly, reliable and religious people.