Universal Declaration of Human Rights

PDF version for the language Sherpa *
*Disclaimer: OHCHR is not responsible for the
contents of external links.


Source: Nepal Sherpa Association


Native Name

Total Speakers
According to the latest national Census 2011, as many as 114,830 speak of their mother tongue, which is more than their own population.

Usage By Country
In addition to Nepal, Sherpa language is spoken widely in Bhutan, India and Tibet.

Sherpa, called Sharwa, are one of the 59 indigenous peoples in Nepal. According to linguists, the term Sherpa means easterner; comes from the Tibetan language. Sherpa are famous mountaineers, from northern belt of Solukhumbu district. The ancestral territory of Sherpas lies in the valley between the Dudh Koshi and Sun Koshi Rivers, the original habitants of hilly regions of Solukhumbu district, situated in the lap of the Everest, the world’s highest mountain. Sherpa are famous in the world as they have been able to set the world record of different kinds relating to the mountaineering such as world’s fastest climber, the youngest climber, first person to climb, without oxygen climber, many times climber to the world’s highest peak—Mt. Everest 8,848 meter and so forth. They have been able to do so, as because they are the indigenous people who were born and raised in the high altitude on the lap of the Himalayas.

Received 4/2/2014
Posted 4/2/2014
Checked 4/2/2014